Four Rules

Four rules. All the time. Every weapon. Because otherwise you get this.

N.M. officer suspended for tasing 10 year old student during career day presentation.

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Retrieved

We all remember the efforts on the pile at Ground Zero. How by the 2nd day it was clear that it was a recovery effort, not a rescue. The rescue dogs and handlers that worked that pile, locating bodies, doing what they could. There were nearly a hundred of those dogs that responded in those weeks.

Dog lives are measured on a different scale than ours. Most of the 9-11 rescue dogs are gone. The remainder are elderly, living out their last years in the care of their handlers. There’s a new book out about the dogs of 9-11. It’s called Retrieved. A Dutch photographer named Charlotte Dumas traveled around the United States taking photos and collecting the stories of the dogs and the people that worked with them. Her photography is evocative. .
I haven’t read the book yet, it was just published, but the article in the Daily Mail tells some of the story.

If Romney Needs My Vote, He’s Screwed

One vote, really?

But apart from that, Romney had the opportunity. I was watching him in a debate. He got lobbed a softball question about guns and went with an answer about how he led an effort to pass some unconstitutional legislation in Massachusetts. He could have hit one out of the park. All he had to say was, “Here’s another place where I differ from my opponent. The Constitution provides the framework for our laws. There is a clear statement about the rights of people to keep and bear arms. It was recently reviewed by the Supreme Court in the Heller decision. Whatever efforts we undertake to prevent criminal misuse of firearms have to be balanced with rights of American citizens.”

But he went the other way. If he’s not willing to honor the oath he took to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, then I should not support him with my vote. If you think that realpolitik suggests that you should vote for him anyway, you will have that opportunity. I would submit to you that this is exactly how we got into this mess. We voted for what appeared to be the lesser of the two evils instead of finding and supporting candidates we believed in.

The punishment for the Republicans for giving us a big-government, big-spending former liberal governor of Massachusetts ought to be losing. They have smugly counted on our votes and I think we have meekly provided them. Time for a change? I think so. I’m going to vote for Gary Johnson. Former Governor of New Mexico. Libertarian candidate. If you want to scoff at me for believing that I should vote for someone that supports positions I support, I submit you have lost your moral compass.

Here’s where he stands on gun rights.
Here’s where he stands on spending and the deficit.
Here’s his stand on civil liberties, the Patriot Act, and the TSA.

Read those positions and tell me he doesn’t deserve our support, that every gun owner in America shouldn’t vote for him, that we should abandon what we believe and support another candidate that going to be more business as usual in Washington.

Robert Replies

Another blogger that I visit regularly, Robert at The Drawn Cutlass, left a comment that deserves consideration.

Let’s be realistic; Mitt has the Republican base at this point, and has to pander slightly to acquire as many of those magical “undecideds” as possible. Mitt isn’t ideal on gun rights; no Republican president since Teddy Roosevelt has been. He’s a damned sight better than Obama, though, and the next 4 years is going to be crucial in terms of the Supreme Court, with at least 2 picks and possibly more to make, one of them to replace a liberal (Ginsburg) with a conservative (the other two possible retirements, Scalia and Thomas, would weaken the court on conservative issues no matter who Mitt picked; you don’t get much more conservative than Scalia or Thomas).

In some ways I think Gov. Romney will be worse than Pr. Obama. Mitt will get some Republican support, couple with the Democrats, and call it bi-partisanship like that’s a universal good. They’ll pass a gun control bill, fail to stop spending beyond income, continue to expand the reach of the Federal government, do nothing more than tweak the healthcare bill, and select moderate-to-liberal justices that will sail through their hearings. You can look at his record as Governor of Massachusetts and see it coming.

I’m willing to be proven wrong, but you’ll have to convince me, right now I’d rather see Pr. Obama get re-elected and then have to deal with a gridlock with a Republican Congress.