[DETROIT.CBSLOCAL] While Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and Interim Police Chief Chester Logan explore a restructuring of the city's police department, some residents are expressing frustration with how their calls are being handled.
Detroiter Rachelle Guyton said she called 911 around 6:30 a.m. Saturday to report that her 2003 Chrysler Town & Country minivan had been stolen from an apartment building in Palmer Park -- but it wasn't the van she was worried about.
"I have a gun under my car seat, and when I called the police department to explain this to them and try to have them help... they didn't give me any attention. They told me I had to wait until 8 o'clock to call back. What if someone gets shot with this? What if a child gets this in his hand? I'm responsible, and I just can't have that on my conscience," Guyton told WWJ's Terri Lee.
Guyton, who has a CCW permit for her 9-millimeter Smith & Wesson, said she's disappointed in how her call was handled, especially with all the talk about guns surrounding the city's recently released crime statistics for 2012 -- numbers which show the highest murder rate in the city in nearly 20 years.
"They're not trying to make anything a top priority, they won't send a car out here to investigate, they won't do anything. So, I'm stuck here not concerned about the car whatsoever. I will take the bus, you know, that's not important. The importance here is the gun and the safety for other people," said Guyton.
Detroit police declined to comment on the situation.
If you are a law-abiding citizen, as are nearly all concealed carry permit holders, sometimes you don't have any option but to leave the firearm in the car. It's either that or leave it at home. If you are going to a government building, you are restricted from taking the firearm into the building. In some States you cannot take the firearm into work or leave your firearm in the car at work due to legal restrictions. Nearly all universities have extra-legal additional requirements regarding firearms on campus even if you have a CCP. Some States have a legal provision for establishments to post requirements against carrying in their business. You either leave the firearm in the car or illegally take it with you (good news is that the violation is often only a misdemeanor). I'm just mentioning this because problems are created for people who are law-abiding citizens by restricting places where you can carry and cannot carry.
I know. It is Pravda. However, one cannot trust our main-stream media to provide honest reporting without injecting their agenda-driven biases. There are some good points made by Pravda in light of the current gun-grabbing efforts by the left-wing politicos. Trust for their ruling politicians is a low as it is for ours.
These days, there are few things to admire about the socialist, bankrupt and culturally degenerating USA, but at least so far, one thing remains: the right to bear arms and use deadly force to defend one's self and possessions.
This will probably come as a total shock to most of my Western readers, but at one point, Russia was one of the most heavily armed societies on earth. This was, of course, when we were free under the Tsar. Weapons, from swords and spears to pistols, rifles and shotguns were everywhere, common items. People carried them concealed, they carried them holstered. Fighting knives were a prominent part of many traditional attires and those little tubes criss crossing on the costumes of Cossacks and various Caucasian peoples? Well those are bullet holders for rifles.
Various armies, such as the Poles, during the Смута (Times of Troubles), or Napoleon, or the Germans even as the Tsarist state collapsed under the weight of WW1 and Wall Street monies, found that holding Russian lands was much much harder than taking them and taking was no easy walk in the park but a blood bath all its own. In holding, one faced an extremely well armed and aggressive population Hell bent on exterminating or driving out the aggressor.
This well-armed population was what allowed the various White factions to rise up, no matter how disorganized politically and militarily they were in 1918 and wage a savage civil war against the Reds. It should be noted that many of these armies were armed peasants, villagers, farmers and merchants, protecting their own. If it had not been for Washington's clandestine support of and for the Reds, history would have gone quite differently.
Moscow fell, for example, not from a lack of weapons to defend it, but from the lying guile of the Reds. Ten thousand Reds took Moscow and were opposed only by some few hundreds of officer cadets and their instructors. Even then the battle was fierce and losses high. However, in the city alone, at that time, lived over 30,000 military officers (both active and retired), all with their own issued weapons and ammunition, plus tens of thousands of other citizens who were armed. The Soviets promised to leave them all alone if they did not intervene. They did not and for that were asked afterwards to come register themselves and their weapons: where they were promptly shot.
Of course being savages, murderers and liars does not mean being stupid and the Reds learned from their Civil War experience. One of the first things they did was to disarm the population. From that point, mass repression, mass arrests, mass deportations, mass murder, mass starvation were all a safe game for the powers that were. The worst they had to fear was a pitchfork in the guts or a knife in the back or the occasional hunting rifle. Not much for soldiers.
To this day, with the Soviet Union now dead 21 years, with a whole generation born and raised to adulthood without the SU, we are still denied our basic and traditional rights to self defense. Why? We are told that everyone would just start shooting each other and crime would be everywhere....but criminals are still armed and still murdering and too often, especially in the far regions, those criminals wear the uniforms of the police. The fact that everyone would start shooting is also laughable when statistics are examined.
While President Putin pushes through reforms, the local authorities, especially in our vast hinterland, do not feel they need to act like they work for the people. They do as they please, a tyrannical class who knows they have absolutely nothing to fear from a relatively unarmed population. This in turn breeds not respect but absolute contempt and often enough, criminal abuse.
For those of us fighting for our traditional rights, the US 2nd Amendment is a rare light in an ever darkening room. Governments will use the excuse of trying to protect the people from maniacs and crime, but are in reality, it is the bureaucrats protecting their power and position. In all cases where guns are banned, gun crime continues and often increases. As for maniacs, be it nuts with cars (NYC, Chapel Hill NC), swords (Japan), knives (China) or home made bombs (everywhere), insane people strike. They throw acid (Pakistan, UK), they throw fire bombs (France), they attack. What is worse, is, that the best way to stop a maniac is not psychology or jail or "talking to them", it is a bullet in the head, that is why they are a maniac, because they are incapable of living in reality or stopping themselves.
The excuse that people will start shooting each other is also plain and silly. So it is our politicians saying that our society is full of incapable adolescents who can never be trusted? Then, please explain how we can trust them or the police, who themselves grew up and came from the same culture?
No it is about power and a total power over the people. There is a lot of desire to bad mouth the Tsar, particularly by the Communists, who claim he was a tyrant, and yet under him we were armed and under the progressives disarmed. Do not be fooled by a belief that progressives, leftists hate guns. Oh, no, they do not. What they hate is guns in the hands of those who are not marching in lock step of their ideology. They hate guns in the hands of those who think for themselves and do not obey without question. They hate guns in those whom they have slated for a barrel to the back of the ear.
So, do not fall for the false promises and do not extinguish the light that is left to allow humanity a measure of self respect.
The right to keep and bear arms is fundamental. The entire point of having fundamental rights is to prevent well-meaning politicians from making well-intentioned tweaks. Fundamental rights are too important. We can't let it happen.
When Pravda speaks up for our rights and American MSM speaks up for those who would deny our rights I don't know who to believe anymore. My guess is that this article will never appear in Pravada's Russian version and is intended for strictly American consumption. But how do I know? I know all too well the crap that is coming from the likes of ABC News. How do I even know anymore what is really going on in Russia? If I can't believe ABC on guns, how can I believe them on the likes of Russia, China or Iran?
"In holding, one faced an extremely well-armed and aggressive population Hell-bent on exterminating or driving out the agressor" > SUMS UP QUITE CLEARLY THE CONSTITUTIONAL PREMISE + RIGHT OF AMERICANS TO OWN, CARRY, + STORE GUNS/FIREARMS, + THE NEED "FOR A WELL-ARMED MILITIA".
Iff the sovereign US Standing Army = Armed Services were ever defeated or destroyed by a dedicated opposing Enemy, the latter - in Sole or in Group - could not hope to quickly or successfully invade + occupy America widout dealing wid its well-armed Citizenry whose personal firearms or weapons technology(s) is par, near-par, superior or even dominant to the military technologies of any Enemy or group of Enemies.
TO PARAPH ABRAHAM LINCOLN - AMERICANS CANNOT BE DEFEATED BY ANY FOREIGN STATE POWERS. THE ONLY REAL THREAT TO AMERICA OR AMERICANS STEMS FROM WITHIN, I.E. A "HOUSE DIVIDED CANNOT STAND".
[FRANCE24] La Belle France's Esther Duflo, a star economist who was once named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world, has been nominated by US President Barack Obama Ready to Rule from Day One... to help shape US global development policy.
La Belle France's Esther Duflo, a world renowned economist, has been nominated by US President Barack Obama to join a government body dedicated to advising the administration on global development policy.
Called the Global Development Council, the group was founded by Obama in 2010 to help shape US development efforts abroad.
While Duflo's nomination will likely be viewed with a sense of pride in La Belle France, it comes as Obama's leadership continues to be dogged by unflattering comparisons in the media to European-style socialism. Just Friday, the cover of financial news magazine The Economist depicted Obama wearing a beret, red neckerchief and a striped mariner shirt, under a headline that read "America turns European". The article criticised the country's recent fiscal-cliff deal as "lousy", saying its mismanagement bore striking similarities to the "mess in the euro zone".
Lovely! A French academic twist to community organizing, they've had it so right for so long. Will carpaccio soon be added to BBQ'd wings as an allowable EBT expenditure? Will Duflo also suggest the top 2 percent be required to pay a bit more in taxes.....say 75% ?
Esther Duflo (born October 25, 1972) is a French economist, Co-Founder and Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, and Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Duflo is an NBER Research Associate, serves on the board of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD),and is Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research's development economics program.
Her research focuses on microeconomic issues in developing countries, including household behavior, education, access to finance, health, and policy evaluation. Together with Abhijit Banerjee, Dean Karlan, Michael Kremer, John A. List, and Sendhil Mullainathan, she has been a driving force in advancing field experiments as an important methodology to discover causal relationships in economics.
Highly regarded as a leading Social Economist.
NRO - I think that this is another straw in the wind signaling the transformation of the quantitative social sciences into somewhat more experimental disciplines.
The Atlantic - Much of the work that we now think of as economics, political science and other social sciences will likely be displaced by some hybrid of biology, experimental economics, psychology and other fields that can evaluate hypotheses for the quantified prediction of human behavior through structured falsification tests... Even in its current embryonic form, experimental economics already suffers from excessive rhetorical generalization from what some specific group of college sophomores did with $30 to fairly grand statements about human nature... This new approach will dominate what we now think of as classical economics. This will likely not address a lot of territory now covered in economics, including, for example, many of the issues related to the stimulus debates. These kinds of topics will of course remain interesting, and work will still be done on them in an academic setting; it will simply be even more obviously non-science, and be done down the hall in the history, philosophy and literature departments.
[An Nahar] U.S. President Barack Obama B.O.... and his family arrived back at the White House on Sunday after spending their Christmas vacation in his native Hawaii.
Obama, the first lady and their daughters touched down at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington aboard Air Force One shortly after 11:00 am local time (1600 GMT) before riding a helicopter back to the White House.
Obama, wearing a white shirt and a blue blazer, placed his arm around eldest daughter Malia as the first family descended from Marine One helicopter onto the White House lawn in bright winter sunshine.
The president began his vacation on December 21, but was forced to interrupt it on December 26 and fly back to Washington to pressure politicians to forge a deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff.
After an 11th hour accord was reached that saw taxes rise on only the richest Americans but delayed decisions on spending cuts for a further two months, Obama returned to Hawaii on January 2.
U.S. media is reporting that the president will announce on Monday that he is nominating Chuck Hagel, a Republican and former U.S. senator from Nebraska, to succeed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ...current SecDef, previously Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Panetta served as President Bill Clinton's White House Chief of Staff from 1994 to 1997 and was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1977 to 1993.... at the helm of the Pentagon.
Obama has signaled early second term efforts on gun control and immigration reform after being sworn in at his inauguration in two weeks time.
RJs description is mild. Jefferson funded a journalist who said in print: Adams was a rageful, lying, warmongering fellow; a "repulsive pedant" and "gross hypocrite" who "behaved neither like a man nor like a woman but instead possessed a hideous hermaphroditical character."
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.