Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Gun Death Statistics - Figures Don't Lie, But Liars Do Figure

There are 30,000 gun related deaths per year by firearms, and this number is not disputed. The U.S. population is 324,059,091 as of Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

Do the math: 0.00925% of the population dies from gun related actions each year. Statistically speaking, this is insignificant!
There is, however, a fly in this anti-gun ointment.  "Gun related" does not correlate with "gun violence"
• 65% of those deaths are by suicide which would never be prevented by gun laws
• 15% are by law enforcement in the line of duty and justified
• 17% are through criminal activity
• 3% are accidental discharge deaths

So technically, "gun violence" is not 30,000 annually, but drops to 5,100 - Still too many? Well, first, how are those deaths spanned across the nation?
• 480 homicides (9.4%) were in Chicago
• 344 homicides (6.7%) were in Baltimore
• 333 homicides (6.5%) were in Detroit
• 119 homicides (2.3%) were in Washington D.C. (a 54% increase over prior years)

Note:  These are all last year's numbers.  So far, as of Christmas 2016 in Chicago there have been more than 700 alone!

So basically, 25% of all gun crime happens in just 4 cities. All 4 of those cities have strict gun laws, so it is not the lack of law that is the root cause.

This leaves 3,825 for the entire rest of the nation - or about 75 deaths per state. That is an average because some States have much higher rates than others.
For example, California had 1,169 - and Alabama had 1.

Now, which state has the strictest gun laws by far? Ans: California, of course, but understand, it is not guns causing this. It is a crime rate spawned by the number of criminal persons residing in those cities and states. So if all cities and states are not created equally, then there must be something other than the tool causing the gun deaths.

Are 5,100 deaths per year horrific? How about in comparison to other deaths? All death is sad and especially so when it is in the commission of a crime but that is the nature of crime. Robbery, death, rape, assault - all are done by criminals and thinking that criminals will obey laws is ludicrous. That's why they are criminals.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Obama is going Full-Speed Retard in Support of Islamic Terror

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power raises her hand to abstain from voting on a resolution condemning Israeli settlement construction at the U.N. on Friday.
In the most blatant and disgusting demonstration of his love for ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, Taliban, Hamas. PLO, and other sundry Islamic Terrorists,  Obama has given his clear support for a condemnation of Israel.

Even in the face of pleas for sanity from both Democrat and Republican Senators and Representatives, Obama has extended his middle finger to Israel and a leg-up to Islamic Terrorists.

Obama's ambassador to the United Nations is toeing the anti-American line as commanded by the god-forsaking, Allah-embracing, whining, progressive pile of steaming cowardice otherwise known as Barack Obama.

Here is the story from two different and widely respected sources:,7340,L-4897550,00.html

In a nutshell, Obama and his UN stooges have sided with Islamist butchers in condemning Israel for building houses in their own homeland.  It was the first time in 36 years the UN Security Council adopted a resolution addressing the issue of Israeli settlement construction.

The one thing that allowed this travesty to occur was the absence of a vote from the USA.  A vote that was withheld at the command of the freedom-hating, islamist-loving Barack Obama.

This action is not a reflection of United States policy, it is an example of Obama's fetish of kissing islam's ass and spitting on western civilization.

I think I'm gonna puke.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Washington State Wet-siders

The Badger Lake Observer is published from the Eastern side of the Washington Cascades.  The Western side of the mountains is mostly infected with this kind of vermin.

The vast majority of counties, cities, towns, and communities in the State of Washington are good people that love our country, its heritage, its history, and the Constitution.  Sadly, the very very few jumbo-sized metropolitan centers are choked with hyper-liberal domestic terrorists such as Kshama Sawant and her ilk.

Kshama Sawant is a card-carrying member of the Socialist Alternative political party, and has not only been elected to the Seattle City Council, but has actually been returned to that seat by moss-for-brains Seattle voters.  Really - I'm not kidding .  Google "Kshama Sawant" for more subversive anti-American details.

A petition is circulating that has been signed by about 20,000 people to remove Sawant from office.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Here is Something I NEVER thought would Happen!

Never, did I ever imagine that the Badger Lake Observer would post a link to an article from GQ magazine.  It is probably because I've never even picked up a copy or flipped through one in the MD's waiting room to calm my nerves before the inevitable prostate poke (shudder).

Maybe GQ magazine isn't so bad after all.

Here is a story about women and guns that actually make sense . . . at least to me.

Why Women Own Guns

Picture the “gun owners of America,” and it’s all too easy to imagine bearded white guys toting long-barrel shotguns into pheasant country. But these days, a curiously large proportion of U.S. gun owners are women, and more gun owners than ever are arming themselves for self-defense. Who is the new American female gun owner, and what’s she taking up arms against?

On any given day, there are an infinite number of objects you might find in a woman's bra, besides her breasts. Maybe a credit card, some folded-up cash, or a tampon; a tube of lipstick if she's feeling fancy. Because of the never-ending, one-sided battle between women's clothing and functional pockets, the bra has over the years become a repository for the small, important items women want with them at all times.

Which is why the bra of 42-year-old pharmacist Lola often contains a gun. To be specific, a Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm. Less than one inch thick, the $449 Shield is a matte black semi-automatic double-action pistol with an eight-round magazine (plus the ability to have a ninth bullet in the chamber).

Lola carries in every place it's legal to do so, whether that's in her bra or in a waist holster—which, in her home state of Florida, is just about everywhere except courthouses, schools, government buildings, airports, career centers, and post offices. And it's her preference for the Flashbang Bra Holster that first caught my attention: Under her Internet nom de plume, "Lola Strange," Lola stars in an instructional (and delightful) YouTube video about her holster of choice. In the video, Lola says that one reason she—along with her husband, Hank—loves the Flashbang holster is that it offers a little "lift" in the cleavage department. "I can always use a lift."

For most of her life, Lola believed "guns were just something you saw on TV, and it was always the bad guys who had them." But three years ago, Hank took an interest in learning how to use a gun for self-defense, and he encouraged his wife (and two teenage sons) to do the same. Today Lola never leaves the house without her Smith & Wesson. "Having a gun alone isn't going to save your life," she says. "But at least that gun gives you the opportunity to have some kind of equal ground with whoever."

I'll say what Lola won't. A gun isn't just a weapon—it's also an unambiguous way to signal to someone that they should fuck off and leave you alone. And if you're a woman in need of an unambiguous way to signal that someone should fuck off and leave you alone, history, data, and the plain old common sense that comes from living in the world suggest that someone is probably a man.

I didn't grow up around guns; as an adult, I've never liked them. I get nervous around them. But I have a distinct feeling that any fascination I ever had with guns—any faint arousal I'd felt as a teenager watching the hyper-violent action sequences of The Matrix or Angelina Jolie, all pouty lips and short shorts, double-fisting pistols in Tomb Raider—disappeared one night in my early twenties. That's when a particularly volatile boyfriend showed me a short, grainy video of him, taken the summer before, brandishing a chunky silver handgun a little too zealously. Waving it around, cocking it gleefully like a John Woo protagonist.

I remember squeezing my eyes shut, jerking away; something about the image of my boyfriend with a gun in his hand tripped an alarm. We'd been arguing lately, even as we'd started making plans for where we'd live when college was over—and a few times, instead of bickering back at me, he'd just grown silent and loomed. An uneasy thought unfurled: Did I trust this guy I loved, this guy who knew the key code to my apartment and knew where to find me at any given hour, with a gun? Did I want to build my future around someone who looked so turned on by the weapon in his hand?

We didn't stay together much longer after that; I wrote him a long letter and collected my things from his place, and I wish I could say that was the end of it. A month later, I stood shivering in the doorway of my building at 3 A.M. in a bathrobe, telling a police officer why I'd called 911 from under my bedcovers to report a man standing on my back porch.

Our school would later initiate a no-contact order to help keep my ex-boyfriend out of my life until after we'd both graduated. But there was damage already done: For two decades, I'd believed home was a place I could expect to feel safe, and that when someone said they loved me, it meant I wouldn't have to wonder if they'd harm me. Now I wasn't sure anymore. In other words, I'd been initiated.

Just about every woman's felt it at one point or another—that flicker of fear for her safety around angry men, and especially angry men with guns. And with good reason: Simply being female increases a person's risk of being stalked or sexually assaulted by someone of the opposite sex. Between 1980 and 2008, 90 percent of homicides, and 92.1 percent of gun homicides, were committed by men. In mass shootings since 1982, that figure rises to 96.5 percent, according to research done at Mother Jones. For all the strides we've made toward equality, there's still a more violent sex.

Which may be why the makeup of the gun-owning population of the United States is changing—and could look and act a lot more like Lola.

In September, The Guardian and gun-research publication The Trace published the results of an extensive new survey from Harvard and Northeastern universities—which its researchers describe as the "most authoritative since 1994"—on gun ownership in the United States. "Fear of Other People Is Now the Primary Motivation for American Gun Ownership, a Landmark Survey Finds," The Trace's headline boomed. Today two-thirds of gun owners list self-defense as their main motivation for owning a firearm, and The Guardian story notes that "the proportion of female gun owners is increasing as fewer men own guns." While the rate of personal gun ownership among American men has been steadily decreasing for decades, gun ownership among American women has stayed curiously consistent, hovering between 9 and 14 percent of women from 1980 to 2014. Today, the Harvard-Northeastern study found, nearly half of gun owners whose gun collection consists of a single handgun are women—and according to the NRA, the number of women who registered for classes on how to use a pistol nearly doubled between 2011 and 2014.

So is it the ownership of a gun that makes women feel better equipped to deal with the everyday dangers of living while female? Or is it simply the knowledge of how to use a gun—how to harness the threat of violence and turn it to point away from you, not towards—that women find comforting? If it was the latter, I reasoned, it couldn't hurt to find out.

It's a sad commentary on the state of affairs that simply running along the same path every day is a known safety risk for women. All the same, I feel a pang of jealousy that Uhan is a woman who's found a way to confidently go jogging alone at night.

Most people, Uhan said, are surprised to learn she owns a gun. ("Especially men," she noted.) She grew up shooting her dad's guns, but when her first child was born five years ago, maternal instinct kicked in. "I don't think you expect a mom toting a 5-year-old and a toddler to carry a gun in her purse," she said. "But I wanted a safe and reliable way to know I could protect my family in the case of a threat."

What kind of threat, exactly, does Uhan picture when she tucks her pistol into a handbag before leaving the house? Uhan recalled something she once told a friend who worried that carrying a concealed weapon was dangerous in itself: "When you and I are standing in line together at Target with our carts full of kids, and some crazy walks in and points a gun at us, I will protect my family and I will protect your family." (Though it's worth noting: The "good guy"—or gal—"with a gun" scenario has been disproven time and time again.)

Women like Uhan are quietly taking up arms all over the U.S. Out in the suburbs of Seattle, 25-year-old dental hygienist Danica McCombs keeps a Smith & Wesson SW40 in her nightstand. She gets nervous about home break-ins, and the pistol next to her bed makes her feel "more comfortable" when her husband's out of the house at night.

A longtime deer hunter, McCombs also keeps a .243 Winchester rifle at home in a case—but it's the handgun she gets questions about. "The worst is when people don't understand why I feel I need one. People understand why I have a rifle," McCombs said. "They feel different about handguns in the home."

And in Austin, Texas, 31-year-old Katie Garza, an assistant camp director for a girls' camp, bought herself a Walther PPK/S .22 a couple years back after getting her concealed-handgun license at a co-worker's suggestion. Garza, who travels on the job as a recruiter, had experienced what she describes only as "a scary moment traveling alone with a flat tire" one night in a small town in West Texas—so she began carrying the Walther in the console of her car. (A stranded female traveler's scary encounter alone at night, bear in mind, involves a somewhat different set of fears from a stranded male traveler's.)

There are some perks to being a woman with a gun license, though, too, Garza told me. "Guys tend to think it's pretty cool."

At the aptly named, Google-friendly The Gun Range in central Philadelphia, state law makes it possible for someone who's never once fired a gun to simply show up with a driver's license and nod their way through a 20-minute tutorial, then rent a handgun and a shooting lane and blast bullets at pieces of paper for an afternoon. (Unlike in New York City, where I live, and where you have to spend $427 just to apply for a gun license that requires passport photos and your Social Security card and actual paper checks, which have to be hand-delivered in person to an office in Kew Gardens, Queens, which is roughly as easy as hand-delivering it all to Narnia.) I went alone, carrying a purse and some bad memories I hoped to exorcise.

Yuri, the gun-range owner, told me to give the hot-pink, man-shaped silhouette on my target a new nose; I gave him a new nose, a new mouth, and a stray puncture wound near his shoulder. Then Yuri had me shoot at the "8" on the target—the "8" he pointed at being right where my hot-pink assailant's junk would have been, had I not put twenty rounds through it. A memory I'll think back on fondly and a little wistfully from time to time, I'm sure.

I shot for two hours, until a new blister on my hand began to bleed. Somehow the never-not-alarming sound of gunfire, the manual difficulty of shoving bullets into a magazine, the stinging pain of scraping my palms over and over again across the ridges of a slide, and the burnt stench of hot brass shells added up to a pleasurable routine. I shot a pistol for the first time in the same week I tried SoulCycle for the first time, and it was way better than SoulCycle.

It wasn't until a week later, when I dragged a suitcase through the door of the apartment I rent alone, that I thought about my ex-boyfriend. It was right after Thanksgiving, and I'd only just gotten home and unpacked when someone knocked on my door unexpectedly. It was late. I froze, and for a half-second, I wondered: Would I feel less creeped out about opening my door if I had a Glock 17 tucked in the dresser drawer ten feet from the entryway?

Chances were I wouldn't even be able to get to the gun in time if it were some soft-knocking serial killer. But if just having the gun would make me feel safer, sleep better, worry less about what might happen if a post-date "come over for a drink at my place" rendezvous suddenly took a turn for the worse, did it matter?

Anyway, it turned out to be Seamless. I'd scheduled a late-night dinner delivery from the airport tarmac before take-off and then promptly forgotten about it.

Lola, who often carries her gun strapped to her chest, actually worries less about the open world than the house she sleeps in. When I asked her for an example of a time she felt safer having a gun, her first response was, "when my husband travels and I'm home alone."

Of course, Lola also wears a gun on her person in case she encounters more visible, public danger, too. When Lola set out to buy her first handgun and holster in 2013, her priorities were aimed at this kind of prevention, and they were of a distinctly female sort: She worries about being assaulted while walking to her car late at night after work, so she wanted a gun she wouldn't have to carry in her purse, a favorite souvenir of thieves and attackers who target women.

"Guns are like…guns are like birth-control pills," she explained to me with a laugh. "They're a dime a dozen, and there are so many variables among women. If you pick up one and it doesn't work for you, you try another one."

I quit running outside at night a few years ago; these days I exercise in the safe, stuffy, fluorescent-lit confines of a city gym. That's just one example of a fear I cope with by staying indoors or staying home. But women like Lola, and women like Megan Uhan, deal with many of those same fears by going out into the world armed to deal with its dangers. Out in Minnesota, Uhan's Christmas list this year includes a women's holster shirt like the one made by 5.11 Tactical—a sleeveless jogging top built to carry a handgun discreetly under the arm.


While I was reading this story, I noticed another good one - also in GQ magazine.  Please note, however, the total number of American deaths quoted is in error by more than an order of magnitude.  For any non-mathematical types, that means it is more than 10 times greater than reality.  Other than that, it has a few good points of view to ponder.
It is entitled:  What Conservatives Get Right About Guns.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

“They believed they were more experienced, which they were. They believed they were smarter, which they weren’t,”

This story from Politico  may be too long and too dry for many of you folks, so I'll merely provide a link to it.

Don't be fooled into thinking it is merely another of the myriad analyses of the Presidential election and how Clinton blew it big time.
Hillary Clinton Hearing the Michigan Election Results

It is more - much more - than that.

In my humble opinion it clearly describes the mindset of an elite wanna-be ruling class that has been destroying the USA over the past few decades.  Self-described intellectuals with a very narrow education preached to them by sycophants of a failing political and world view, have time and time again refused to realize that they don't really know it all.

In reality, the experience these Intellectuals Yet Idiots (IYIs) have, has little connection with the real world and the real people that live in it.

In Her Words: Kristy Titus

In Her Words: Kristy Titus: Having grown up in Oregon, a strong blue state because of urban areas such as Portland and Eugene, I see first-hand the destruction that these groups are creating within my great state and the ripple that is felt across the nation.

With the win of Donald Trump, our most recent historic race for the United States Presidency has left many throughout the country protesting the result. Some of these protests have escalated turning into all out riots and criminal acts. College students, in some cases, have been allowed to miss exams over depression, while organized cry-ins are taking place on campuses around the country. Certain groups are even burning the flag of our great nation – an insult to the brave servicemen and women that have paid the ultimate price for that freedom.

Having grown up in Oregon, a strong blue state because of urban areas such as Portland and Eugene, I have seen first-hand the destruction that these groups are creating within my great state and the ripple that is felt across the nation. This destruction, this mentality, is geographically isolated to small populous areas, meanwhile, the remainder of the state bleeds crimson red and honors the flag and what Old Glory represents.

The riots, destruction, race baiting, and gender wars are the exact reason we now have a President Elect Donald Trump. A man that has preached the gospel of hard work, determination, never quit principals that are found evident in his business dealings, cabinet selections and closer to home, his children.

I have always said that life’s lessons are best learned afield with family and friends by your side, helping to develop work and moral ethic, and determination. There is no better teacher than Mother Nature herself, and many are in need of the powerful life lessons that only she can provide.

We are blessed with the freedom to climb to the tops of the highest mountains, to experience the thrill of the hunt while taking in the splendor of the good Lord’s perfect paintbrush; the awe inspiring landscapes of wild places. When the wind is howling, it’s snowing and you are cold, wet and tired and you are six miles from your camp, here in this moment, we are all equal. Race, gender and the amount of money in your bank account mean absolutely nothing. You cannot buy your way back to camp and yes, girls have to make the same trek as the guys. This is true equality.

You can cry all you want, but here, on the mountain, courtesy of Mother Nature, there are no safe spaces. Life is tough. This is reality. The mountain teaches you to dig deep, to keep going, to persevere despite the conditions, learning self-reliance, mental fortitude and the value of hard work.

The mountain makes a person want to work harder, even to the point of exhaustion, but at the end of the trail there is the triumph that one has risen to the challenge.  Hunters can all relate to this triumph and the confidence that is actualized in life-changing moments.

Today, kids are growing up with the “everyone wins a trophy” mentality. On the mountain and in life, you don’t always win a trophy. During many hunts, days are spent trekking sun up to sundown across the roughest landscapes in the world in pursuit of fair chase game animals. In the end, not everyone fills their tag. Not everyone wins a trophy.

The success is the journey. Time spent with loved ones and friends, memories that last a lifetime and beyond. That is the true trophy that is earned. When things don’t go your way and you don’t fill your tag, you don’t set fire to the wilderness or destroy vehicles parked at the trailhead.

Yet, we are tolerating this very behavior and conduct in our cities.

Instead, you learn to be a better hunter, train and work harder, and be willing to go the extra mile and put forth the extra effort. Every year, I plan and prepare so that my chances of success become greater.

Embracing God and the great outdoors, family, friends and the freedoms found here in America. Our past brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow and together we shape that vision into reality. Educate others in your community and across the country on why out time honored traditions are relevant in today’s society, now more than ever.

Make time to serve others, to make a difference and you’ll help to influence someone that has been lead left without ever seeing or experiencing what’s right.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Emo Snowflakes Melting in Louisiana

Call the Cops!  There is a Cop in my classroom!

A truly special snowflake at Loyola University in New Orleans saw a fellow classmate in a full police uniform and became “uncomfortable” at the sight of the officer’s sidearm. That’s right: the sight of Josh Collins, a Sheriff’s sergeant in uniform caused a delicate little flower to complain to the professor.

What did the professor of the Law and Morality class do?

He called the Cops because one of his students was a Cop.

No shit - I'm not making this up.

The cognitive dissonance on display boggles the mind. The professor called police – officers armed with guns – to respond to a police officer in full uniform - including his gun.

What’s worse, this wasn’t exactly the first day of class. In fact the semester is almost over, so Sgt. Collins’ was obviously a familiar face.

Josh Collins, a Sheriff’s sergeant in New Orleans, attends the classes at the city’s Loyola University.

In a Facebook post he explained how he arrived at class this week in his uniform as he didn’t have time to change.

However a fellow classmate complained to the professor of being ‘uncomfortable’ at having a police officer in the room.

Here is the actual Facebook post from Sergeant Collins:

The University’s response: Oops!

In response the university claimed the incident had been a misunderstanding.

‘A student in the class saw another student with a firearm, and during a class break said something to the teacher. The teacher contacted campus security to determine university policy.

‘Campus security directed the teacher to confirm that the student with the firearm works in law enforcement. The teacher confirmed that the student worked in law enforcement and the class resumed at the end of the break.’

The teacher/professor didn’t already know university’s policy on police officers on campus? C’mon. To quote Hillary Clinton, the University’s statement requires a ‘willing suspension of disbelief’.

Monday, December 12, 2016

There’s a new sheriff in town, and he will be here for 1,461 days

Maureen Dowd, liberal columnist for the NY Times focuses very clearly on the election and the Democrat’s response.  Good job Mo, you’re spot on.

Whether or not you agree with the author, she gives us much to ponder! 

Subject: from Maureen Dowd of NY Times - NOVEMBER 26, 2016

The election was a complete repudiation of Barack Obama: his fantasy world of political correctness, the politicization of the Justice Department and the I.R.S., an out-of-control E.P.A., his neutering of the military, his nonsupport of the police and his fixation on things like transgender bathrooms. Since he became president, his party has lost 63 House seats, 10 Senate seats and 14 governorships.

The country had signaled strongly in the last two midterms that they were not happy. The Dems’ answer was to give them more of the same from a person they did not like or trust.

Preaching — and pandering — with a message of inclusion, the Democrats have instead become a party where incivility and bad manners are taken for granted, rudeness is routine, religion is mocked and there is absolutely no respect for a differing opinion. This did not go down well in the Midwest, where Trump flipped three blue states and 44 electoral votes.

The rudeness reached its peak when Vice President-elect Mike Pence was booed by attendees of “Hamilton” and then pompously lectured by the cast. This may play well with the New York theater crowd but is considered boorish and unacceptable by those of us taught to respect the office of the president and vice president, if not the occupants.

Here is a short primer for the young protesters. If your preferred candidate loses, there is no need for mass hysteria, canceled midterms, safe spaces, crying rooms or group primal screams. You might understand this better if you had not received participation trophies, undeserved grades to protect your feelings or even if you had a proper understanding of civics. The Democrats are now crying that Hillary had more popular votes. That can be her participation trophy.

If any of my sons had told me they were too distraught over a national election to take an exam, I would have brought them home the next day, fearful of the instruction they were receiving. Not one of the top 50 colleges mandates one semester of Western Civilization. Maybe they should rethink that.

Mr. Trump received over 62 million votes, not all of them cast by homophobes, Islamaphobes, racists, sexists, misogynists or any other “ists.” I would caution Trump deniers that all of the crying and whining is not good preparation for the coming storm. The liberal media, both print and electronic, has lost all credibility. I am reasonably sure that none of the mainstream print media had stories prepared for a Trump victory. I watched the networks and cable stations in their midnight meltdown — embodied by Rachel Maddow explaining to viewers that they were not having a “terrible, terrible dream” and that they had not died and “gone to hell.”

The media’s criticism of Trump’s high-level picks as “not diverse enough” or “too white and male” — a day before he named two women and offered a cabinet position to an African-American — magnified this fact.

Here is a final word to my Democratic friends. The election is over. There will not be a do-over. So let me bid farewell to Al Sharpton, Ben Rhodes and the Clintons. Note to Cher, Barbra, Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham: Your plane is waiting. And to Jon Stewart, who talked about moving to another planet: Your spaceship is waiting. To Bruce Springsteen, Jay Z, Beyoncé and Katy Perry, thanks for the free concerts. And finally, to all the foreign countries that contributed to the Clinton Foundation, there will not be a payoff or a rebate.

As Eddie Murphy so eloquently stated in the movie “48 Hrs.”: “There’s a new sheriff in town.” And he is going to be here for 1,461 days. Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Smith & Wesson

When my friend goes to her ATM, or anywhere else, she always takes along her Smith & Wesson.
She has never had any problems with muggers, rapists, panhandlers, wise-asses, street punks, or attorneys.
Here's a photo of her making a withdrawal at the ATM:

Smith is the one on the left.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Knives Kill More Each Year Than Rifles: Time For Knife Control?

According to crime statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), knives are consistently used to kill people far more often than rifles are used. And the numbers aren’t even close: five times as many murders were committed with knives than were committed with rifles last year.

The FBI statistics show that knives have been used as a murder weapon far more often than rifles — even those evil “assault weapons” we hear so much about — for quite a while. In 2013, knives or other cutting instruments were used to kill 1,490 victims. In contrast, rifles were the cause of death of 285 murder victims. Shotguns were used in 308 murders. In 2009, the ratio was very similar: knives were used in five times as many murders as rifles.

The 2013 numbers are even more interesting when you compare them to data from 2003, the last year in which the 1994 federal “assault weapon” ban was in effect. In 2003, 390 people were murdered with a rifle. That’s right. The number of rifle murders is 27 percent lower today — ten years after the expiration of the “assault weapon” ban — than it was in 2003, the last year “assault weapons” were banned by the federal government.

“But what about handgun murders?” you might ask. “They’re responsible for the majority of gun murders, so why don’t we just ban them and stop worrying about rifles?”

Easy: because gun bans and strict gun control don’t really prevent gun violence. Take, for example, Illinois and California. In 2013, there were 5,782 murders by handgun in the U.S. According to FBI data, 20 percent of those — 1,157 of the 5,782 handgun murders — happened in Illinois and California, which have two of the toughest state gun control regimes in the entire country. And even though California and Illinois contain about 16 percent of the nation’s population, those two states are responsible for over 20 percent of the nation’s handgun murders.
FBI Murder Victims 2013
Chicago is a perfect example of the total failure of gun controllers to prevent gun violence. Until recently, the city basically banned any and all transfers or sales of handguns. It was virtually impossible to get a concealed carry permit. Did that do anything to stem the tide of gun-related bloodshed? Of course not. Chicago was the murder capital of the U.S. in 2012.

In 2013, however, Chicago’s murder rate fell to its lowest level in 48 years. What could have possibly led to such a drastic change? This might help explain it.
Gun owners in the nation’s third-largest city will no longer have to register their firearms with the local authorities, ending a policy that has helped the police track guns here for decades.

Chicago’s City Council voted to make the change on Wednesday, modifying the municipal code to comply with a new state law that will make Illinois the last in the nation to allow people to carry concealed weapons in public. While the city’s strict bans on assault weapons and gun dealers remain, the loss of control over its own registry, in effect since 1968, was another setback for gun control proponents — this time in President Obama’s hometown, in a state run by Democrats.

The 2013 law passed by the Chicago city council didn’t just kill the city’s gun registry. More important, it also removed a ban on gun possession outside the home, a much-needed change that finally gave law-abiding citizens the ability to protect themselves throughout the city. And earlier that year, the state legislature in Illinois finally passed a law allowing lawful citizens to carry concealed weapons to protect themselves.

Meanwhile, new polling data from Gallup suggests that the American public increasingly believes that guns are necessary to keep Americans and their homes safe from criminals. Over the past 15 years or so, Americans have become more and more supportive of basic gun rights:

Gallup Guns Home Safer

Professor Fataly Shot by a Knife at USC

Yup - Professor killed by a knife that apparently went off by itself.

The Shooter was a PhD graduate student.  I guess that explains how he got the knife to shoot the victim.

Oh the humanity - when will this senseless knife violence come to an end?

A University of Southern California student fatally stabbed a psychology professor on campus Friday afternoon, authorities said, following what was described as a “personal dispute.”

The stabbing happened just days after an Ohio State University student drove a car into a crowd outside a building at that university then attacked people with a butcher knife. Authorities have not ruled out whether that attack was terrorism-related.

In Los Angeles, police hurried to say that students and the public at-large weren’t in danger.

The killer musta used a knifegun.

Bergdahl - Thirty years ago he would have been shot.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has petitioned the Obama White House for a pardon to avoiding being tried on charges of desertion and misbehavior.  For some reason, he doesn't think President Donald Trump will view him in the same light as Obama and Clinton.

It would be nice if our fearless leader would see fit not to pardon Bergdahl and further stain his place in history as the worst president the USA has ever been subjected to.

Up until his release in exchange for high ranking Taliban and Al Qaeda military leaders, full-sized billboards could be seen along Interstate 90 here in the Inland Northwest.  As soon as the skinny on this traitorous coward became commonly known; the billboards vanished.  Those billboards depicted traitor Bergdahl in uniform, not smiling in the arms of bloodthirsty murdering muslim psychos.

This photo of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, smiling and posing with Taliban Commander Badruddin Haqqani, a senior member of the Haqqani network in Afghanistan, was posted on Twitter in June, 2014
Now, before the bleeding-heart progressives start misting up and whine that poor Bowe was merely a POW with Stockholm syndrome, remember this:  He was no POW. Do not insult real POW's by calling him one. He sought out the Taliban after deserting his post.  I don't recall seeing any American POWs in Vietnam smiling with their captors.  Ask John McCain how the gooks treated him.

Bergdahl is a cowardly scum that mailed his uniform back to his parents, along with messages stating that he was disillusioned with America's mission in Afghanistan, he had lost faith in the U.S. Army and was considering desertion. Bergdahl told his parents he was 'ashamed to even be American'.

Attorneys for the disgraced soldier recently filed clemency applications on his behalf with the White House, Justice Department and the Pentagon, the New York Times reported Friday, citing multiple government officials.

A court-martial slated to start in the spring will determine if Sgt. Bergdahl, 30, should be punished for deserting his post and consorting with the enemy. If convicted, he faces the possibility of life imprisonment.

Sgt. Bergdahl’s lead defense lawyer, Eugene R. Fidell, declined to comment the legal team’s efforts when reached by the newspaper prior to publication. If the case is still pending when Mr. Trump is inaugurated next month, however, then Mr. Fidell said he’ll file a motion for dismissal arguing that a fair trial isn’t possible under the next presidential administration.

Mr. Trump repeatedly condemned the soldier while campaigning for the White House, at one point calling him “a no-good traitor who should have been executed.”

“Thirty years ago he would have been shot,” Mr. Trump said during an Oct. 2015 event.

Sounds fair to me.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Indiana State Rep. Jim Lucas has the Right Stuff

Lucas plans to introduce legislation that would allow Hoosiers to carry handguns without a permit. Called by some “constitutional carry,” such laws are on the books in 11 states, including three that passed them just this year, and are under consideration in several more.

The central argument for such laws is pretty compelling. If something is a constitutional right, which “bearing arms” is, why should we need what is essentially a government permission slip?

“To me it’s immoral and even it is criminal ... to force an innocent person to jump through hoops and pay money to the state to prove their innocence and exercise a constitutional right,” Lucas said.

Here is the story as published in the Fort Wayne Indiana News-Sentinel

Editorial: Do we need permission to exercise a right

Mad Dog and Conan make Great Bedfellows

This fellow was born in the same Pacific Northwest neighborhood as me.  Moscow Idaho and Pullman Washington are adjoining towns separated by the Snake River.  Back in the day, the major hospital serving those burgs was Gritman Memorial in Moscow.  It could very well be that Mad Dog and Conan Bolonan shared the same bassinet!.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

One Side wants the Other Side DEAD

Peace in the Middle East.

What's up with that?

How come?  Why not?  What's the problem anyway?

Talking heads on the TV and Newspapers say that the situation is a very complicated and would take forever to explain, or that average everyday folks just cannot grasp the problem.

The truth of the matter is that the problem is very very simple and straight forward.

Here is a short video I ran across that boils the whole thing into a nice neat tidy nutshell.

I found this video at this page, which is also worth your time to check out

However, if you are pressed for time, or cannot tear yourself away from The Badger Lake Observer, here is one more tidbit.  It is less than 5 minutes long and was easy to swallow - even for my feeble brain.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

I wish I was King

In a 1989 ruling, the Supreme Court upheld the right of protesters to burn the United States flag with the late Justice Antonin Scalia siding with the 5-4 majority. He later said he based his ruling on a “textual” reading of the Constitution.

“If it were up to me, I would put in jail every sandal-wearing, scruffy-bearded weirdo who burns the American flag,” Scalia said in 2015 in Philadelphia. “But I am not king.”

Now if I, your humble corespondent, was King . . . my-oh-my, how things would be different.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Teen Shot by Police; Family Claims He Didn’t Have A Gun

Chicago Police have shot and killed three suspects in the past week. The latest incident happened Wednesday evening in Englewood, where a police sergeant stopped two men, one of which matched the suspect description in a battery call. Suspect Kajuan Rayes and his buddy took off on foot, running in separate directions. The sergeant pursued Kajuan and during the foot chase, police say the young man pointed a gun at the officer. Twice. Shots were fired and Kajuan ended up dead, but police found no weapon.

Now the family is trying the officer in the court of public opinion.
The family described Mr. Raye to anyone who would listen as a ‘fun-loving and happy kid’ who had a ‘bright future’ ahead of him. They said that while he no longer attended high school, he was going to get his GED and become a veterinarian. How did they know? Because he loved dogs and watched Animal Planet all the time.

His family says the teen did nothing wrong. His cousin says he didn’t have a gun. The family provided a couple of pictures to the media, including one of Kajuan in a tux.

They neglected to share some photos from social media accounts.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

And Per Se And . . . as in Et tu, Brute

  &, &, &, &, &c, etc . . . 

Ahh, yes, the Ampersand. What the hell does that really mean anyway, and where did that screwy symbol come from? 

Johnson & Johnson, Barnes & Noble, Dolce & Gabbana: the ampersand today is used primarily in business names, but that small character was once the 27th part of the alphabet. Where did it come from though? The origin of its name is almost as bizarre as the name itself.

The shape of the character (&) predates the word ampersand by more than 1,500 years. In the first century, Roman scribes wrote in cursive, so when they wrote the Latin word "et" which means “and” they linked the e and t. Over time the combined letters came to signify the word “and” in English as well. Certain versions of the ampersand, like that in the font Caslon, clearly reveal the origin of the shape.

The word “ampersand” came many years later when “&” was actually part of the English alphabet. In the early 1800s, school children reciting their ABCs concluded the alphabet with the "&". It would have been confusing to say “X, Y, Z, and.” Rather, the students said, “and per se and.” “Per se” means “by itself,” so the students were essentially saying, “X, Y, Z, and by itself and.” Over time, “and per se and” was slurred together into the word we use today: ampersand. When a word comes about from a mistaken pronunciation, it’s called a mondegreen.

(The ampersand is also used in an unusual configuration where it appears as “&c” and means etc. The ampersand does double work as the e and t.

However, by far and away the best use for the Ampersand is in the stylized logo of Smith & Wesson.  There is a Smith & Wesson enthusiast forum on the intertubes - its name is "The Ampersand".

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Lone Ranger Arrested in California!


The Lone Ranger was arrested in Lone Pine, California today for the crime of illegally transferring silver bullets. The famed masked man had just apprehended an armed felon after shooting the gun out of his hand. As was his practice for the last eighty years, he gave a silver bullet to the outlaw’s victim.

She was a kindly old widow who was robbed and held captive by the desperado. This lady, grateful that her life and property were restored, treasured the silver bullet as a symbol that justice was done.

The trouble started when she showed the bullet to her weekly garden club. Upon seeing the gleaming memento, one lady fainted. Another lady gasped that they were all going to die. A third lady, who was also a member of CHA (California Hysterics Anonymous), warned that where there was a bullet there had to be a gun. During the shocked silence an attendee desperately summoned the Sheriff on her cell phone.

When the Sheriff heard their story he struggled to stifle a laugh. He knew the old gentleman on the big white horse. He also appreciated how many criminals the Lone Ranger had captured over the years. However, since California voters passed Proposition 63, he had to uphold the law.

Predictably, he found the masked man enjoying a Near Beer at the Dry Gulch Saloon back in town.

“Thanks for helping old widow Smith,” he said, “but did you really give her a silver bullet?”

“Yes,” replied the Lone Ranger, “after all that’s my trademark. Got a problem with that?”

“Well, yes,” hesitated the sheriff. “Ya see . . . under Proposition 63, you’ve got to be a licensed firearms dealer to give anyone a bullet.”

“Are you kidding?” asked the Lone Ranger.

“Wish I was,” said the embarrassed sheriff, “and to boot whoever receives the bullet has to be registered with the Department of Justice.”

“Holy guacamole!” exclaimed the masked man. “Did I do anything else wrong?”

“Well,” said the sheriff, looking even more sheepish now, “there’s the little matter of you shooting a gun out of the outlaw’s hand.”

“What!” said the Lone Ranger. “If I hadn’t done that, the skunk would have plugged me for sure.”

“I know that,” admitted the Sheriff, “but he’ll probably sue you for failing to retreat and using unnecessary force. If they convict you, they’ll take your six-shooters away for good. Which reminds me, according to California law, your pistols have too large a capacity. If I were you, I’d convert those six-shooters into five-shooters as quick as you can.”

“Jumpin’ Junipers!” exclaimed the Lone Ranger. “I’d better tell this to my faithful Indian companion, Tonto.”

“Hold on,” said the Sheriff. “I need to remind you that Indians are now referred to as Native Americans. We privileged male palefaces have got to remember that.”

As the Lone Ranger sat in shocked silence, the sheriff explained his rights and proceeded to take him in.


Upon being provided an attorney at State expense, the outlaw successfully sued the Lone Ranger. He claimed that he could no longer work since he had suffered the permanent loss of his trigger finger. Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom urged imposing the maximum sentence for possession of illegal ammunition and a firearm that exceeds lawful capacity. He received a huge monetary award, forcing the Lone Ranger to sell the silver mine.

Tonto was deemed innocent but victimized by virtue of being a member of an oppressed minority. He was given land by the state and now operates a very profitable casino.

After getting out of jail, the Lone Ranger could not find a job since he was now an ex-con. Fortunately, Tonto lets him do light janitorial work at the casino and sleep in the basement.

Following the passage of Proposition 63, violent crime in California has steadily increased. Lt. Governor Newsom advises troubled property owners to protect themselves by posting signs that say:

Keep Out—Gun Free Zone

Lawyer on Call

Posted on November 22, 2016 by DRGO

Just Because You’re Paranoid Doesn’t Mean They’re Not After You

Speaking of sinister conspiracies, here are some nasty and nefarious examples that have been proven to be true:

  10 Conspiracy Theories That Turned Out To Be True

How many of you sheeple think our empathetic and compassionate overlords have put all this cloak and dagger skullduggery behind them?

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

No Law, No Order - Obama: The Criminal's Friend

Donald Trump's goal to bring Law and Order back to the USA could be easily achieved by simply doing nothing.  Nothing will be a HUGE improvement over Obama and his mission of mercy toward vilolent criminals.

President Obama on Tuesday commuted the sentences of 79 federal inmates doing hard time, and almost one in five were in jail partially because of the illegal guns they carried.

“The power to grant pardons and commutations… embodies the basic belief in our democracy that people deserve a second chance after having made a mistake in their lives that led to a conviction under our laws,” noted Obama in a prepared release by the White House.

The 44th President is making history.

Since taking office, 1,023 men and women “incarcerated under outdated and unduly harsh sentencing laws” have been granted clemency by Obama including 342 individuals who were serving life sentences.

Of those who had their terms commuted this week, 14 were behind bars on a combination of drug charges that also involved firearms possession– often multiple counts– usually by a prohibited possessor.

One, Dexter Bert Tyson, an Maryland man sentenced to life in 2006 for long list of cocaine trafficking and weapons charges, had his sentence upheld by the U.S. Fourth Circuit in 2012 and again by a District Judge last year, citing a wealth of evidence against him.

The actions by the White House continue a trend in recent months.

The President commuted 111 federal prisoners in late August, in which a number of those with firearms charges were featured. Earlier the same month he did likewise for 214 inmates including 56 with gun felonies.

When called out on the fact that nearly 1 in 4 of the batch of 214 inmates had carried illegal guns, Obama outlined that it all came down to whether they were using the firearms or not and elaborated that his emphasis was on people who were overcharged and did not have a propensity for violence.

There were subsequent commutations of another 200 in October in two batches.

Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates, part of the Office of the Pardon Attorney, said the 1,000 who have received clemency all have a common denominator– one of odds being stacked against them and the executive action as a way to a second chance.

“It’s part of my job to review the petitions for each of these individuals, and I’ve been struck by the common threads woven through many of them – lack of access to education or real economic opportunity, absence of parents, drug addiction, hopelessness,” said Yates in a statement. “But in these petitions I’ve also seen something else – remarkable introspection, a real sense of responsibility for their conduct, and a dogged determination not to repeat the mistakes of the past and to ensure that they, and especially their children, chart another path.”

Some advocates are urging Obama to step on the gas when it comes to emptying federal prisons, arguing that when the White House comes under new management in January, there may not be the same opportunity.

“There is a rising sense of uncertainty about the future of clemency under a Trump administration,” said Jessica Jackson Sloan, National Director of Cut50, a group attempting to cut the nation’s incarcerated population in half, in an email to “Many are worried that their loved ones will die in prison without clemency from the President. With less than 60 days left before President Obama leaves office, we hope he does everything in his power to overturn injustice and leave no deserving person behind.”

There are currently 12,405 petitions for clemency and 1,935 for pardons pending with the administration.

Of the 79 commutations directed by the White House on Tuesday, the following 14 federal inmates were doing hard time for crimes that included weapons charges:

Christopher Michael Calloway
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime
District/Date: Eastern District of Virginia; June 9, 2008
Sentence: 181 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (June 18, 2007); amended to 180 months’ imprisonment
Terms of grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on March 22, 2017.

William Henry Dudley
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing cocaine base; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
District/Date: Northern District of Florida; April 27, 2006
Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $1,000 fine
Terms of grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on November 22, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Reginald Leon Edwards
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime
District/Date: Western District of Virginia; October 22, 2008
Sentence: 181 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release; $400 fine (August 3, 2007); amended to 180 months’ imprisonment
Terms of grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on November 22, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Timothy Fields
Offense: Conspiracy; possession with intent to distribute controlled substance, aiding and abetting (three counts); use and carry firearm during drug trafficking crime
District/Date: Northern District of Texas; February 16, 1994
Sentence: Life plus 60 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release
Terms of grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 465 months’ imprisonment.

Tyris Ford
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base (“crack”); distribution of cocaine base (“crack”) or possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (“crack”); carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime
District/Date: Eastern District of Pennsylvania; January 5, 2001
Sentence: 300 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on March 22, 2017.

Osvaldo Richard Gonzalez
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine; possession of firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense
District/Date: Southern District of Iowa; September 7, 2007
Sentence: 180 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release
Terms of grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on March 22, 2017.

Jamere Ireadus Hall
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base; felon in possession of firearm
District/Date: District of Maryland; August 1, 2005
Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 210 months’ imprisonment.

Timothy Johnson
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime
District/Date: District of South Carolina; February 28, 2006
Sentence: 180 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release
Terms of grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on March 22, 2017.

Daniel Lee Larsen
Offense: Possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; conspiracy or attempt to manufacture methamphetamine (two counts); establishment of a manufacture operation; possession of a listed chemical (two counts); possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense
District/Date: District of Utah; January 7, 2002
Sentence: 384 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release; $2,000 restitution
Terms of grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 270 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Vernard Mitchell
Offense: Unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition by a person convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year; unlawful possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base; unlawful possession with intent to distribute heroin; unlawful possession with intent to distribute cannabis
District/Date: District of Columbia; March 30, 2007
Sentence: 262 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release
Terms of grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 210 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Ward Everette Mohler
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine; distribution of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (three counts); carry firearm during drug trafficking (two counts); possession of firearm by a convicted felon (two counts); distribution of methamphetamine (nine counts)
District/Date: Western District of Virginia; March 18, 2016
Sentence: 469 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release (April 23, 1992); amended to 436 months’ imprisonment
Terms of grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 22, 2016.

Dexter Bert Tyson
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a mixture containing cocaine base and a mixture containing cocaine; possession with intent to distribute a mixture containing cocaine base and cocaine, aiding and abetting; possession with intent to distribute a mixture containing cocaine, aiding and abetting (two counts); possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, aiding and abetting; possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, aiding and abetting, felon in possession of a firearm; felon in possession of ammunition
District/Date: District of Maryland; January 13, 2006
Sentence: Life plus 60 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 300 months’ imprisonment.

Lavan Maurice Walker
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute a detectable amount of heroin (two counts); possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
District/Date: Southern District of Florida; March 9, 2004
Sentence 420 months’ imprisonment; six years’ supervised release
Terms of grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on March 22, 2017.

Nelson Williams
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (two counts); distribution of cocaine base; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
District/Date: Eastern District of Louisiana; July 21, 2004
Sentence 240 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release
Terms of grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on March 22, 2017.

Monday, November 21, 2016

The USA Without the Electoral College

No wonder the coastal progressive Left wants to disband the Electoral College.

None of us regular-folk would be left with any voice whatsoever.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Trump’s Plan to Deport Criminal Illegal Aliens Will Work

Even as immigration-enforcement officers across the country are breathing what one deportation officer described as “a collective sigh of relief” following Donald Trump’s election, the president-elect’s announcement on 60 Minutes that he plans to start with the estimated 2 million criminal aliens has been met with scorn and skepticism, at least in the mainstream news media and illegal-alien advocacy circles. But Trump’s enforcement approach is not only reasonable, it is very feasible, and addresses the many failings of the Obama administration’s failed enforcement policies.  Policies that brought deportations to a ten-year low and released of tens of thousands of criminal aliens to wreak mayhem.

Said Trump said this as part of the 60-Minutes piece:
 “What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably 2 million, it could be even 3 million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate.”

While some illegal-alien advocates have accused Trump of exaggerating the size of the criminal alien population, he is correct. According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), there are approximately 1.9 million deportable criminal aliens in the country. Since 2012, ICE has been receiving the fingerprints of everyone who is arrested or booked into a jail, and because ICE has officers screening inmates in most major correctional systems (except some of the sanctuary cities, where they are denied access to inmates) the ICE estimates are conservative, at best.

In 2016, interior deportations are about one-fourth of what they were at the peak under Obama, and criminal deportations have declined by more than 50 percent. By every measure, ICE is now doing less enforcement with more resources than ever before. This means that it will be neither hard nor expensive to achieve a significant boost in enforcement and to make a big dent in the target of 2 to 3 million criminal deportations.

The first step will be to let the career officers and agents of the immigration-enforcement agencies do their job and apply the law. One deportation officer has said one of the easiest ways to attract negative attention from a supervisor is to be caught putting someone into deportation proceedings who is not a violent felon but “just” a drunk driver, drug dealer, thief, or wife-beater.

That will change as soon as President Trump makes good on his promise to cancel improper executive actions, including the directives for ICE officers to refrain from initiating deportation until someone is convicted of a serious felony or several misdemeanors. This means scrapping the disastrous Priority Enforcement Program (PEP), which has drawn the ire of the National Sheriffs Association, among others, and forced local ICE offices to release of thousands of deportable criminals, including Eswin Mejia, an illegal alien with prior arrests who killed 21-year old Sarah Root in Omaha, Neb., while drag-racing drunk in January of this year. Like many of the 86,000 convicted criminals released by ICE since 2013, Mejia is now a fugitive but considered a “non-criminal,” because he has yet to be tried and convicted for Root’s death.

In addition, we can expect that the Trump administration will move to rebuild with local law-enforcement agencies the productive partnerships that emerged toward the end of the Bush administration but that Obama stifled. These would include the 287(g) program, which trained and delegated immigration-enforcement authority to state and local officers and was a tremendous force multiplier for ICE — at very little cost to the feds, because the local jurisdictions pay the salaries of local officers who are able to start the deportation process for the criminal aliens they encounter on the job. At its peak, the 287(g) program, used in only a few dozen places, generated between 10 and 20 percent of ICE’s criminal deportations.

It will also help ICE when President-elect Trump gets tough on the sanctuaries that obstruct their work. The stage has already been set for this. Under pressure from Representative John Culberson (R., Texas), who controls the Justice Department’s budget, DOJ has so far identified ten large states and cities that have sanctuary policies that are inconsistent with federal law and that as a result should be ineligible for certain DOJ funding. The new administration could apply this standard to many more sanctuaries and to many more pots of federal funding, thereby making it very expensive to remain a sanctuary. Since some of the die-hard sanctuaries will remain defiant, I hope that the new administration will also consider litigation or even prosecuting them for harboring criminal aliens.

Jessica Vaughn, National Review, November 17, 2016

Kanye West Booed After Saying He Would Have Voted For Trump [Video]

Kanye West left some fans less than impressed at a concert on Thursday night in California, after a rambling commentary in which he said that black people should “stop focusing on racism.”

The singer also voiced his support for U.S. president-elect Donald Trump, who said “I told you all I didn’t vote right? … But if I were to have voted, I would have voted for Trump,” in the speech at the Saint Pablo Tour gig in San Jose, which drew numerous boos from the crowd.

“Specifically to black people, stop focusing on racism,” the rapper said. “This world is racist ok? Let’s stop being distracted…it’s just a f— fact, we are in a racist country, period.” The rapper also apparently reiterated his intention to run for the presidency in 2020. He did not specify a political party.

TV Reporter Fired for Celebrating Trump's Victory

Scarlett Fakhar was a reporter on KRIV-TV — a Fox affiliate in Houston, Texas — until a post she made celebrating the election of Donald Trump on her personal Facebook page, which was set to private, was made public.

In the post, Fakhar expressed glee at Trump’s victory, writing, “Since everyone is talking about how they woke up this morning…ill (sic) just go ahead and say I could barely sleep from how happy and relieved I was.”

After saying she’d “prayed about this for a long time,” Fakhar lamented how the country “has become more violent and racist under the Obama administration.”

Continuing, Fakhar wrote:

Want to talk about going downhill? Look what Obama has done… How is made the entire country hate one another. Were you happy with how many people were killing each other in our own country? I work in news . . . And now you have groups murdering police officers both black and white. How did this happen under the Obama administration? You guys want another administration like that?

She ended her post with, “God is so good. And He had a hand in this election.”

She announced her firing on her public Facebook page.

When news of her dismissal was made public, the Houston Chronicle characterized Fakhar’s original comments as incendiary, saying she was “extolling U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and chastising President Barack Obama and African-Americans.”

Derek Hunter, Daily Caller, November 17, 2016 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Many Thanks to these "Celebrities" and semi-Celebrities

Did you notice that the word celebrities is in quotation marks?  According to the InterWebs, everyone in the list below is a famous person.  Most I've heard of myself, however those toward the bottom of the list must be famous for some reason that escapes my interests.  These folks are relegated to the category of semi-celebrites, or as some would say, soon to be has-beens . . .

My heartfelt thanks go out to them anyway.

Tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of disgusted Americans no doubt cast their votes for Donald Trump in the feeble hope that these lying progressive leeches would keep their word and leave the USA.

God help the country that suffers this indignation.

Soon to be ex-pat list:

Neve Campbell
Bryan Cranston
Miley Cyrus
Lena Dunham
Lady GaGa
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Whoopi Goldberg
Chelsea Handler
Samuel L. Jackson
Keegan-Michael Key
Spike Lee
George Lopez
Amber Rose
Amy Schumer
Al Sharpton
George Stephanopoulous
Jon Stewart
Barbra Streisand
Barry Diller
Natasha Lyonne
Eddie Griffin
Omari Hardwick
Chloë Sevigny

On second thought, calling them ex-pats is an insult to patriots, therefore from now on lets just refer to them as welchers.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

“There is not a truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world.”

I agonized a great deal before finally hitting the "POST" button on this one.
It is an article penned on November 12, 2016 by Jared Taylor of American Renaissance.  American Renaissance has been labeled as an ultra-right white supremacist organization by many mainstream media outlets, and is generally demonized by the two major political parties - especially, of course, the left side of the aisle.

Try to read what Taylor has written with an unbiased mind.  If you are able to do so, it may give you some insight into the perspective of a group reviled to the utmost degree by anyone with a liberal bent.  If you are unable to do so, please move on and try to resist the temptation to sling mud and venom in my direction - after all, we here at the Badger Lake Observer are just that:  observers.

However, before your mind is made up, consider the following quotation by Thomas Jefferson. 

“There is not a truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world.”

Those revealing words are on the masthead of American Renaissance.
There is not a truth existing which I fear... or would wish unknown to the whole world.
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Trump: the Media’s Frankenstein Monster

The monster they created is running amok.

These two things happened the day after Donald Trump won the election:

First, a Washington Post reporter named Peter Holley called the American Renaissance office to ask–in dead seriousness–whether anyone from the Trump team had called us for policy advice. Second, Gloria Gonzalez-Garcia, a Mexican-American explained to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram what a Trump victory meant: “We were getting the message, ‘If you are not white, you don’t belong here.’ ”

So what’s the connection? Let’s start with the Post’s Mr. Holley. He is a professional newsman who attended Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. He calls himself an “experienced reporter with a talent for uncovering compelling stories that other people overlook.” It’s his job to find out and report what is going on–and he seriously thought the victorious Trump team would check in with me for instructions.

He’s not alone. The same day, a journalist from the biggest newspaper in Latin America–Folha de S. Paulo–wanted to know if I had telephoned my friend Donald Trump to congratulate him on his victory. I told her I have never met him and don’t have his number.

What we have here is a stupefying delusion: that Donald Trump is a secret “white supremacist,” who dances to the tune of the Alt-Right. This delusion has two sources: ignorance and maliciousness. People like Peter Holley are so deeply marinated in liberal ignorance that they can’t tell the difference between American nationalism and racial nationalism–between the desire to put American interests first and white racial consciousness.

As I have explained elsewhere, the maliciousness involved looking for racial dissidents who supported Donald Trump and then arguing that since “racists” backed him, Trump must be a “racist,” too. When Mr. Trump didn’t denounce David Duke and “white supremacy” fiercely enough to suit them, they claimed this was proof he is a secret sympathizer. They were wrong. He just doesn’t like being pushed around by journalists who hate him.

The pro-Hillary media therefore created a Frankenstein monster–an imaginary Donald Trump who secretly wants to make America white again. They called him a bigot, a xenophobe, a fascist, a threat to democracy and, of course, the new Hitler. They hoped this would frighten enough voters into the Hillary camp to stop Mr. Trump, but it didn’t work. And now they are stuck with a Frankenstein president elect who, they are convinced, comes running to me for policy tips.

Yesterday, Senator Harry Reid issued an idiotic press release that included these lines:

White nationalists, Vladimir Putin and ISIS are celebrating Donald Trump’s victory, while innocent, law-abiding Americans are wracked with fear–especially African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Muslim Americans, LGBT Americans and Asian Americans.

And this is why Gloria in Fort Worth–a US citizen–thinks the real Trump message is that non-whites don’t belong in America. She’s been terrified by Frankenstein stories.

And she’s hardly alone.

Jason Perez, a university student in Hawaii, writes that “the next four years will be a living nightmare for all Hispanic Americans.” Mercedes Rosales, a high school senior in Homestead, Florida, says Mr. Trump “just wants to get rid of Mexicans, or Latinos.” Maria Perez, also of Homestead, says, “Because of the example of Donald Trump . . . now they can look at you and see you are an immigrant and kill you.” Mary Rabago, a Hispanic journalist living in Arizona, explains the election results: “Hate won.”

The Muslim reaction is just as nutty. Asaad Alabdulaziz, an Iraqi who recently became a US citizen, asks, “Do I have to go back?” Sahar Aziz, a professor at the Texas A&M University, says that “the general mood I am seeing among Muslims is concern that a Trump presidency will be open season on them.”

No one–not once in the campaign–ever talked about deporting law-abiding legal residents. So where did people get these deranged ideas? Obviously, from media caricatures. Hispanics are no doubt getting lurid stuff from the Spanish-language press as well. Telesur, a consortium based in Venezuela, reports that under a Trump presidency, “the rights of black and brown people, immigrants and women will suffer serious setbacks.”

People like Peter Holley–who created the caricature and believe in it–are on such hair-trigger alert for “racism” that they can’t conceive of a non-racial American nationalism that expresses itself in the ideas that helped Donald Trump win: Illegal immigrants should be kept out. Illegals who are here should go home. There should be no sanctuary cities. Birth-right citizenship is crazy. Muslims are potentially troublesome. Legal immigration should be cut.

There is nothing inherently racial about any of these ideas, and they appeal to millions of Americans who don’t think in racial terms. But current dogma demands that we thrill to the idea that every brown-skinned newcomer–whether he has a job or even speaks English–is a precious addition to our “greatest strength,” which is diversity. Anyone who supports policies that have the effect of slowing the march of diversity is a “racist,” and might as well be a dedicated AmRen reader or even a member of the Ku Klux Klan. That’s why Peter Holley thinks Donald Trump wants my advice.

The notion that Mr. Trump will hurt blacks is especially wrong, but it follows the usual sloppy liberal thinking: If you want to send home illegals it can only be because you hate Hispanics, which means you hate blacks, women, homosexuals, and Jews. Donald Trump wanted Confederate flags taken down in the South, is “fine” with affirmative action, and he blasted Justice Antonin Scalia’s critique of race preferences in universities. Only the most fevered imagination could have prompted the Salon headline: “I Am a Gay Jew in Trump’s America. And I Am Afraid for My Life.” Mr. Trump’s close professional and family connections to Jews are well known.

It is the widely circulated fantasies about Donald-Trump-the-racist that explain why Mexican-Americans and Muslims who are US citizens are reportedly crying themselves to sleep at night, and why there are violent anti-Trump demonstrations all over the country. Just as reckless anti-police reporting paved the way for the murders of policemen, frothing press coverage of Donald Trump has sent thousands of ignoramuses into the streets to smash store windows and attack cops.

The papers are now full of breathless reports of Trump supporters calling blacks “ni**er” and tearing hijabs off Muslim women. Some of these attacks were faked, but some are probably real. What do they reflect? What Donald Trump wants or what the Frankenstein wants? If loutish whites are telling Hispanics “we’ll deport you,” who gave them the idea that a modern-day Hitler is about to move into the White House?

The Trump-is-a-racist idea is so firmly planted in the minds of Hillary supporters that nothing can dislodge it. But they don’t even understand what they, themselves, mean by it.

Josh Harkinson of Mother Jones called me after the election to talk about the Alt-Right. I explained to him how the media have painted a dishonest picture of Donald Trump, and he conceded that he was beginning to realize that using his favorite word–“racist”–to describe the president elect and people like me might be a mistake. I congratulated him on this intellectual breakthrough, and then asked what Donald Trump has ever said or done that was “racist.”

“Oh, there are so many, I don’t know where to begin.”

“Then just tell me one.”

There was a brief silence. “He retweeted an image of himself as Pepe the frog.”

“What? Is that the best you can do? You’re really straining.”

“Yes, I guess I’m straining.”

Mr. Harkinson later brought up Mr. Trump’s suggestion that Judge Gonazlo Curiel’s Mexican ancestry meant he could not try the Trump University case fairly. I pointed out that Judge Curiel is a member of La Raza [the race] Lawyers, which gave Mr. Trump grounds to doubt his impartiality. “Besides,” I said, “if a white police officer is in an altercation with a black criminal and ends up shooting him, you’d be the first to say the officer was biased on account of his race.”

“Not the first.”

“Then the second.”

Today, an Alt-Right Donald Trump is mostly a hysterical leftist fantasy. However, America is changing and Donald Trump could change, too. A firmly established Trump administration may see the wisdom of our views, and that day could come quickly.

For now, if members of that priestly class known as journalists call someone a “racist” that’s what he is. And once you’re a “racist,” you might as well be a sexist, xenophobe, anti-Semite, homophobe, and who knows what else. This is what we get when reporters slant the news and then believe what they read in the papers. And the media can’t understand why no one trusts them anymore.

But the lefties better be careful: All their shouting about “racism” didn’t tilt the election to Hillary. And the more they shout, the more they may tilt Donald Trump our way.

Jared Taylor, American Renaissance, November 12, 2016