NRA seems not so paranoid in light of bill
Gun control advocates have consistently condemned the NRA paranoia over the notion that "Gun registration is the first step toward confiscation."
Proposed Assembly Bill 174 states that under current law, certain banned weapons are permitted under various "grandfathering" clauses. It is the intent of the Legislature to subsequently amend this measure to include provisions that would end all those exemptions. Let's see here. You purchase a gun legally, which is now your personal property. The state passes a law sometime in the future banning ownership of that particular gun/personal property, but you can continue to own that gun/personal property as long as you register it with state. Now the state proposes a law to take away that exemption, after you followed their laws, and potentially allow the state to take that gun/personal property away from you because it is in the best interests of our community. The NRA does not look so paranoid now. I'm a non-NRA member.
Only rubes want gun clips with high capacities
Stay still, you pretty thing. Got you in my sights; you keep movin' between the trees.
I got 40 juicy rounds ready to go. This AK whatever from cousin Billy feels right good. Right weight, right comfy in my shoulder, and I can see
Heh, heh, beat Obama to the punch before he takes all our guns away, orders his militia with their drones to force us true patriots to our knees, me, captive in my own country. So jacked with Jack and caffeine. Can taste it licking my mustache, yowee! As long as Clarence keeps his AK whatever down as he said he'd do, I'm gonna have myself a buck for stuffin' before sunup. If only this beauty stays still so I can shoot him ... there you go.
Entitlement abuse hugely damaging
This is a tale of two sisters who quit their jobs to increase their income by not working. The truth about this fiction may be verified by investigative journalism.
Recently, a realtor took a client to show a home for sale. The owner informed him that she already got a short-sale contract allowed by the desperate bank to sell the house for an amount much less than owed to the bank. With pride in her smarts, she stated that she and her sister, who lived in the same neighborhood, are buying each other's homes on short sale for about $15,000 cash each. Each sister owed about $95,000 on the bank mortgage.
The realtor cautioned her that the law does not allow relatives in short sale. She responded that her sister and she had been married several times, and, with their different last names, the bank would not suspect the relationship. Since both sisters were divorced and out of work, they were entitled to Section 8 vouchers ($800/month) meant for renters. So they rented each other's newly purchased homes. Under this plan, they did not have to move. Just the same, they received their entitlement of $3,000 each as relocation expense.
The plan paid off; each sister was ahead $80,000 in forgiven debt, received $3,000 cash for relocation and $800 a month to pay rent. Additional claims for more children, even illegitimate, will continue to add to their incomes. It seems that the present load of entitlements and abuses will soon bankrupt the nation.
Drop writers who don't use facts and logic
We need a forum for vigorous and open debate, with voices from across the political spectrum, and this paper is that forum. The more open that forum, the better.
One problem is that this paper, even in cyberspace, does not have the room to print all views every morning. Even if it did, none of us in real life has time to filter through it. We then expect our newspaper, as a gatekeeper, to maintain a balance.
So what is balance? What it doesn't mean is that, if one source says the suns rises in the east, "balance" demands that space be given to someone who claims the sun rises in the west. What it does mean is that the paper must sift the gamut of voices, left, right and center, to find the ones who use facts and make sense. There are any number of columnists (many of which with whom I often and heartily disagree) who maintain this integrity. Replacing any who do not is in everyone's interest, regardless of political orientation.
This is integrity. This is balance. The thing it is not is censorship.
W. Michael Youngblood
Bus route should include new BART stop
I received my copy of "Bus Tracker" in the mail, and while the booklet looked impressive, I was disappointed that there is still no service to any County Connection bus route from the new West Dublin BART station.
My wife and I live in San Ramon along the No. 36 route, and for many years have used public transportation from our home to get to the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station east of Dougherty Road. We've been hoping ever since the West Dublin BART station opened that the No. 36 would take an apparently easy two-block southward dip from Dublin Boulevard to provide service to that station. Is there any way to make an official request or suggestion to include the West Dublin BART station on the No. 36 route? It seems like it would be a very easy change to make. Thank you.
Sowell spot-on about Obama
Some local liberals, their overblown pretenses deflated by economist Thomas Sowell, demand his removal from Times editorial pages.
Michael Youngblood, for example, was enraged (Jan. 24) by "Know-It-Alls Are Ruining What Works In U.S." (the Times' Dec. 28 retitling of a Sowell "Random Thoughts" column). To Youngblood, Sowell's recognition of the current White House occupant as a "glib and warped" demagogue, "raised from childhood to resent the successful and despise the basic values of America," was a libelous "rant" and "hatchet job."
But as Sowell observed -- and as Youngblood demonstrates -- ignorance begets foolishness. Sowell's "Random Thoughts" articles frequently encapsulate themes from earlier, more detailed columns. In part two of his four-part "Obama vs. Obama" (rhetoric vs. record) series last fall, Sowell observed accurately that "Barack Obama was virtually marinated" in anti-Americanism, from childhood onward.
Sowell recalled Obama's America-hating confidants -- his very liberal mother; his dream-channeled, socialist, anti-Western father; Marxist mentor Frank Marshall Davis (during Obama's "choom gang" marijuana-inhaling teens); screeching agitator Jeremiah Wright; Columbia professor and Palestinian propagandist Edward Said; Harvard "critical race" theorist Derrick Bell; domestic terrorist Bill Ayers .... Today, the president's policies and practices illustrate the adage: as the twig is bent, so grows the tree.