Some applicants for CIA jobs are flagged because of one issue or another. Of those that were flagged, about 20% had “significant terrorist and/or hostile intelligence connections” to al Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah. Makes you wonder how many didn’t get flagged and caught. Well, it made the NSA wonder, too:
The NSA, in response, launched investigations into 4,000 instances of suspected abnormal staff activity, Ynet News said. Those investigations included the tracking of employee keystrokes on agency computers and the recording of document downloads.
… To the NRO editorial on DoJ planned civil rights investigation and possible persecution of G Zimmerman on Federal charges:
I wouldn’t take bets about how low Eric Holder would stoop.
Can a snake stoop?
Justice takes a back seat to politics. Shame.
Legal Insurrection posts a thorough analysis of the oral motion for a judgment of acquittal made after the State closed their case against George Zimmerman. Law Junkies and lawyers will want to read the whole thing. For the rest of us, the results are summed up in the introduction:
The motion was well-reasoned, and strongly founded on Florida’s case law. It was also doomed to fail before a Judge who has consistently denied reasonable defense motions out of hand, while rubber-stamping motions by the State that bear not the slightest relevancy to the facts of this case.
Best comment I found:
It appears that the State is suffering from the same problem that plagued Trayvon Martin: Poor victim selection skills.
Truth About Guns tells us how California’s AG Harris Effectively Bans All New Semiautomatic Handguns in California:
“California’s Kamala Harris, the best-looking attorney general in the nation, has signed a letter mandating micro stamping technology for all new semiautomatic handguns being sold in the Golden State. [Read the letter here.] Any new model handgun must have a microstamped serial number somewhere on the gun’s frame and a firing pin that stamps a unique number onto the cartridge before (or as) it ignites the primer.”
Nobody does this. If they did, it would make all such firearms too expensive for anybody, including the government.
As Maryland moves to institute restrictive gun laws, Beretta is looking for friendlier pastures. Beretta Announces Plans to Move After Maryland Gov. Signs Bill:
Maryland’s new law will restrict the number of rounds allowed in magazines to 10. While this won’t impact Nano, or Pico production or distribution, the magazine limit will make import, warehouseit difficult to work with the 92, 96, PX4, and the ARX 100. Standard capacity M9 magazines couldn’t be brought into or warehoused in the state. The magazine restriction wouldn’t shut Beretta down, but it would make distribution of the full sized pistols (including the M9) much more complicated.
And the “assault weapon” restrictions will hit the ARX line hard. The ARX 100 would be illegal in Maryland. While that may not hinder production of the 5.56 tactical rifle, Maryland residents (some of whom make the ARX 100) couldn’t own the gun. This doesn’t sit well with Beretta.
If that weren’t enough, the new restrictions on Maryland FFL holders will also apply to Beretta, who holds FFLs in the state. Beretta’s ability to service guns at their Maryland facility (where the also teach armorer classes) would be curtailed.
Come to Tennessee. We’ll welcome you with open arms.
Suit the First: The Georgia town of Nelson, about 50 miles north of Atlanta, recently passed a law requiring citizens to own a gun ownership that it said is mostly symbolic. The law requires every head of household in the town of 1,300 to have a gun and ammunitions. Anyone who opposes gun ownership or has certain disabilities are exempt.
Hoplophobes are, of course, somewhat upset even though people of their ilk would naturally be unaffected by the law:
The Washington-based Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed a federal lawsuit against the claiming the law is unconstitutional. The suit contends the Second Amendment doesn’t require anyone to have a gun, and government cannot require citizens to arm themselves.
Suit the Second: In the wake of shootings in Colorado last year a series of laws were passed that limit the size of ammunition magazines and expand background checks. The laws go into effect 1 July but sheriffs from 54 of Colorado’s 64 counties are filing suit, claiming the regulations are unconstitutional.
The sheriffs say the new state laws violate Second Amendment protections that guarantee the right to keep and bear arms. Opponents are criticizing the lawsuit as political maneuvering.
Weld County Sheriff John Cooke said he and his colleagues were “not the ones playing politics with this.”
“We believe that the Legislature were the ones who were playing politics,” he said.
Gun control opponents say the language in the regulations is unclear and doesn’t provide safeguards to prevent people from inadvertently breaking the laws.
Ammunition magazines, for example, are easily converted to larger sizes, which the bill bans. Gun rights advocates also say the law expanding background checks doesn’t provide enough exemptions for temporary transfers and that people conducting private transactions will have a difficult time getting appropriate checks.
As usual, police chiefs are opposed to the suit, claiming the new laws are “common sense”. As the article states, police chiefs are not elected. The natural conclusion is that the sheriffs represent their constituency. Reminder: the sheriffs are from 54 of Colorado’s 64 counties (84%).
Yes, Internet polls are far from reliable and the majority of Fox News readers are indeed conservative. But it is still telling when Fox News asks Is it time to overhaul the IRS? and 96% of respondents want either a major overhaul of outright abolition of the IRS:
Another poll, although this one is a bit more scientific, comes from Show of Hands, an iOS and Android app that allows anyone to enter demographic information and then vote on a wide variety of issues, most surrounding political and social issues. Nearly half of self-identified Democrats believe that the IRS’ actions in reviewing conservative groups were just mistakes rather than blatantly illegal, politically motivated misuse of power:
Roger Simon of Pajamas Media has another response to David Sirota’s idiotic article fervent desire that the Boston Bombers turn out to be white Americans:
Over the last few days I have wanted to write about an article published by David Sirota on Salon, which was commented on admirably by my colleagues Roger Kimball and Richard Fernandez. Sirota wrote to express his hope that the Boston Bombers would be white Americans, because otherwise our putative race-hatred of Muslims or people of color of any sort would be enhanced. It’s all about “white skin privilege,” doncha know?
Today Sirota seems like an imbecile (well, he did before), but I would venture to say he doesn’t know why. So I will spell it out for him: the War on Terror (euphemism alert) is not about skin color. It is about ideology, Islamic ideology.
Keep peeling the onion and impeach somebody.