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by AWR Hawkins
On Monday, Florida’s Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey doubled down on last week’s pro-self-defense comments by making clear that police respond to 911 calls in minutes but criminals take lives in mere seconds.
On June 9 Breitbart News reported Ivey’s earlier comments, wherein he urged citizens to get a gun, get mentally prepared, and let terrorists scratch and claw to defend their own lives for a change.
No matter who you are or what your position is on guns, there is no denying the fact that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun–or a knife–is an armed and well-prepared citizen or law enforcement officer. There is no doubt that as soon as 911 is called law enforcement is on the way, however, until they arrive it is up to you and those with you to neutralize or eliminate the threat.
During a June 12 appearance on Fox & Friends, Ivey reiterated his message, stressing that police response to a 911 call is minutes for “the best law enforcement agencies” but “a violent criminal can take your life in a second.” He added, “So we need our citizens to be well prepared, to have already though out their emergency plan. If they’re concealed carry holders, carry their gun with them. It’s not doing any good at the house or in the car.”
Ivey stressed that “there is no way to predict where the next attack is coming from or even the next active shooter, so we want out citizens to be prepared to be the first line of defense.”
He stressed that terrorists are not prepared to be attacked “and when somebody turns it on them, their plan falls to pieces.”
Barack Obama came into office to fundamentally transform us into a nation in which all power and authority rests in a central government with a handful of elites ruling the ignorant peons. Many times, Barack Obama has shown his disdain for the American voter who he claims are “bitterclingers” who only fail to support him and his policies because it hasn’t been explained well enough for their feeble brains.
Since he assumed office, he has slowly and in plain sight federalized everything he possibly could and has ignored the Constitution at every turn. As Mark Levin said last night on The Sean Hannity Show, “we don’t have a Republic right now.” He doesn’t know what we are.
Taxation without representation is tyranny and Americans no longer seem to care.
Our forebears fought for freedom from England because of the excessive taxation by King George III who saw the colonists as easy pickings to pay off his war debt. How ironic that we now allow unelected bureaucrats to rewrite laws to increase taxes because we are having fun or driving to work.
We allow taxes on “amusement” as if it were an unsustainable sin and we are going to soon be tracked and taxed by the mile in our cars with no regard for our privacy rights.
Unelected bureaucrats in Chicago’s finance department ruled last month, amending that their established amusement tax will include “electronically delivered amusements.” That includes streaming music, movies and television. It also includes online gaming.
City residents will pay an extra 9% tax to use services such as Netflix and Spotify.
The F.C.C. has released a 313-page document detailing the new Net Neutrality rules and it’s only the beginning. Once government rules are in place, they can be manipulated any way the government decides to manipulate them.
The New York Times reports that the commission will get to decide what is acceptable on a per-case basis. The guidelines also include a subjective provision, requiring “just and reasonable” conduct, the Times reports.
The administration will pick winners and losers and they will decide that the “just and reasonable conduct”.
No room for corruption there!
Let’s not dwell on the negative regarding the healthcare Big Government has been providing to veterans. Here’s an uplifting story of a vet who actually managed to wrangle a doctor’s appointment:
“He was steadfast. He took care of us, all of these years.”
Suzanne Chase of Acton [Massachusetts] was talking about her husband, Doug, a Vietnam veteran who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011.
In 2012, she tried to move his medical care to the Veterans Affairs hospital in Bedford.
“It was so difficult for him to take the ambulance ride into Boston, we wanted to be closer.”
They waited about four months and never heard anything. Then Douglas Chase died in August 2012.
But two weeks ago, he got a letter, from the VA in Bedford, saying he could now call to make an appointment to see a primary care doctor. …
At the bottom of the letter, dated June 12, it reads: “We are committed to providing primary care in a timely manner and would greatly appreciate a prompt response.”
Adding insult to injury,
Suzanne Chase was denied funeral benefits for her husband because he was never treated at a VA hospital, even though he died after waiting four months for an appointment.
The VA had already denied her the funeral benefits on this basis before sending the letter urging her deceased husband to respond promptly and make an appointment.
But Douglas Chase did get the opportunity to make an appointment in the end. You can’t blame the bureaucrats if Chase died on them. Socialism works; it just works a little slowly.
Soon government healthcare will serve us all just as efficiently.
The Daily Sheeple
If you are like most Americans, paying taxes is one of your pet peeves. The deadline to file your federal taxes is coming up, and this year Americans will spend more than 7 billion hours preparing their taxes and will hand over more than four trillion dollars to federal, state and local governments. Americans will fork over nearly 30 percent of what they earn to pay their income taxes, but that is only a small part of the story. As you will see below, there are dozens of other taxes that Americans pay every year. Of course not everyone pays all of these taxes, but without a doubt we are all being taxed into oblivion. It is like death by a thousand paper cuts. Our politicians have become extremely creative in finding ways to extract money from all of us, and most Americans don’t even realize what is being done to them. By the time it is all said and done, a significant portion of the population ends up paying more than half of what they earn to the government. That is fundamentally wrong, but nothing will be done about it until people start demanding change. The following is a list of 97 taxes Americans pay every year…