As east coast Leftists say: “heres’ your Cubar for ya”

Cuba CommunistFIRST, let me state unequivocally up front, because I know this will alienate: I can’t hear the word “Cuba” and not hear the stilted Bastin lingo of perfumed Northeast Leftists mispronouncing the country.  When I hear Boston, New York or New Jersey accents I can’t help but think of loud, overbearing and ill-educated public school masses queued up like herring up public transportation.  My bad.

That said, here is just the beginning of Mr Obama’s Legacy:

Castro to Pocket 92% of Worker Salaries from Foreign Companies

by Frances Martel

Just one day before President Obama announced sweeping changes that would allow potential American investment in Cuba, the Cuban government apparently had begun preparing itself by announcing new measures that would allow Cubans who work for foreign companies to keep only 8% of their salaries.

In an official announcement in state newspaper Granma, government officials announced a system in which employees who work for corporations with foreign capital will be paid two Cuban Pesos for every Convertible Cuban Peso (CUC) the corporation actually pays them. The Convertible Peso (CUP) is almost exclusively for the use of tourists and is of significantly greater value; one CUC is the equivalent of an American dollar and the equivalent of 26.5 CUPs. The other 24 CUPs Cuban workers will not receive amount to 92% of their salaries.

Granma explains:

The payment will now be agreed to with businesses possessing foreign capital taking into consideration the salaries issued to workers in jobs of similar complexity in entities in the same area or sector of our geographic area, the salary scale that is applied in the country (as a reference point) and some additional payments for the corresponding law.

In other words, even if a foreign company has the means to pay more than a Cuban company, the worker will receive the same salary as if he were working for a Cuban company, and the government will pocket the rest.

Mr Obama may “feel” (and I use that word embracingly as a Leftist must necessarily do) as though he has actually notched an accomplishment for civil rights and the freedoms of workers everywhere, in fact Mr Obama has truly continued to push the governmental yoke of dependence upon the residents of Cubar whilst, simultaneously, enriching the coffers of its Communist Leaders.

Think about it: and isn’t that just precisely what Mr Obama wanted?

BZ

 

Appeals court strikes down federal gun law as unconstitutional

US-CourtOfAppeals-6thCircuit-SealFrom HumanEvents.com:

by John Hayward

It might not get the news coverage it deserves with everything else going on at the moment, but the unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati against a federal gun law is a very big deal.  The court held that the federal ban on gun ownership by people who have been committed to a mental institution is an unconstitutional violation of the Second Amendment.  Rulings of that caliber (if you’ll pardon the pun) don’t come down all that often.  The previous instance was the Supreme Court’s Heller ruling against Washington D.C.’s firearms ban in 2008, which those on both sides of the gun control debate would agree was a very big deal.

Today’s ruling was prompted by the efforts of 73-year-old Clifford Charles Tyler to purchase a gun.  His application for a permit was denied because he spent one month in a mental institution, in 1986, due to emotional problems following his divorce.  (According to the background material in the 6th Circuit Court decision, his ex-wife allegedly cleaned out his bank accounts and ran off with another man, leaving Tyler so despondent that he wept incessantly, couldn’t sleep, and had suicidal thoughts.  He was committed for treatment after his fearful daughters called the police.  He never did anything more violent than pound on his own head in despair.)

This is an interesting case as, currently in Fornicalia, state law allows law enforcement officers to confiscate those firearms in possession of persons taken into custody via 5150 W&I — and bars those committed for same from owning firearms.

Of interesting note:

The Wall Street Journal captures some reactions that suggest the Tyler case could have ramifications for other gun laws:

Lucas McCarthy, Mr. Tyler’s lawyer, called the ruling “a forceful decision to protect Second Amendment rights,” and said he hoped it that it would have “a significant impact on the jurisprudence in the area of gun rights.”

[…] Adam Winkler, a Second Amendment expert and law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, said the ruling could give momentum to the gun-rights movement. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see legal challenges to other parts of the [federal gun] law now,” he said.

Mr. Winkler also said the ruling could prompt Republicans in Congress to move to set up a new “relief from disabilities” program that would allow people to prove they are fit to own guns.

Unusual, these days, when a federal court goes against gun control parameters considering the current temper of the DC times.  Unanimous opinion of the three-member panel is here.

BZ

P.S.

Fornicalia Cop Note: I don’t necessarily disagree with the 5150 portion of CA law.  That said, please read the details of the case.  Tyler’s proscription was from one incident that occurred back in 1986, which would task anyone.

 

Four-letter words: Cuba and Sony

Obama CubaProving that Leftists are Defeatists.

First, Cuba:

What did Mr Obama acquire from his move?  What did he negotiate?  What did he — usget from the negotiation?  Was it even a “negotiation” or was it simple capitulation?  I submit Mr Obama’s move was nothing more than outright capitulation to the Cuban regime.  This is nothing more than a reward to Cuba, with zero expected in return.  Cuba arrested over 8,000 “political prisoners” just this year.  Cuban-Americans are disgusted.  Obama has extended political legitimacy to this dictatorship.  This is a 55-year-old policy overturned.  Obama’s transcript is here.

“Let us leave behind the legacy of both colonization and communism, the tyranny of drug cartels, dictators and sham elections,” Obama said.  As he equates Communism with what he perceives as US colonial power — a thing he must defeat at all costs.

What gets rewarded gets repeated.  And those who cannot remember history are doomed to repeat it.  It would appear time and again that Mr Obama has total Historical Alzheimers.  Because here is what will happen:

History will repeat itself.  Vladimir Putin, a power broker/seeker of the Nth degree who would love nothing more than to re-create the USSR, has just been provided with a perfect pathway right back into Cuba, a mere 90 miles from the United States.  A Putin whose strength has been partly broken because of the plummet of petroleum power (and whose petroleum power he held over the vast lands of the European Union).  A Putin who, when threatened, will look to the past and see Nikita Khrushchev.  And will be consoled by same when he determines to repeat that past by sending Russian troops to Cuba, welcomed by Raul Castro.

This Obama move did nothing for the people of Cuba.  They will wake up tomorrow still ensconced in a Communist regime with no more freedoms than the prior day.  Americans throughout the globe are no safer; in fact, they are less safe.

Finally, what happens to Guantanamo?  Is this a roundabout way to get Guantanamo finally shuttered by the eradication of the contract?  Was this the point?

Obama, thy name is Chamberlain.  Crouching Obama and Paper Tiger.

Second, Sony:

Rob Lowe TweetSony has likewise submitted and yielded to cyber-terrorism.  This is Spineless Hollywood in the face of a threat clearly on behalf of North Korea and no other. According to Variety, Sony has “no further release plans for The Interview.”  No DVDs, no video-on-demand.  Completely scrapped.  Dead.  Fini.  Roll over, doggie.

Sony, the institution, the entire film industry, just completely collapsed, encouraging others in the future.  “Look what North Korea just got away with.”  This is damned near an act of war against the United States of America.  And yet met with defeatism.

What gets rewarded gets repeated.

Kim Jong Un Churning Nork Peasants Into LubricantAbove, Kim Jong Un churns North Korean peasants into convenient lubricant.  Photo courtesy of Sir Ben Shapiro.

Does this get the Taliban and ISIS thinking: “all we have to do is threaten movie theaters or malls and America?”  That would, I submit, be a Logical Extension of Sony’s action.

In the face of that, however, a Texas theater decides to show “Team America” in place of “The Interview.”  Bully!

Mr Obama weighed in on Cuba.  What is his position on cyber-terrorism against America?  Why is Obama conspicuously silent on the issue?  Why does he refuse to recognize that America was attacked digitally?  What is his reticence?  Why is he hesitant?

Hollywood, thy name is Chamberlain.

BZ

Obama Philosophy

Newtown families sue Bushmaster

Barbara J. MattsonAnd they will not win.

Suing the gun manufacturer — any gun manufacturer — following a shooting is akin to suing the manufacturer of the tap that poured the beer that the intoxicated driver drank before plowing into your sister.  Or the manufacturer of the automobile.

This all stems from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14th of 2012, where Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and 6 adults.  Lanza utilized the Bushmaster XM-15 rifle (see above), along with a Glock 20SF in 10mm and a Sig Sauer P226 in 9mm.

At his time of death (by suicide), 20-year-old Adam Lanza stood 6’0″ tall and weighed 112 pounds.  That one stat bespeaks volumes.  Adam Lanza killed his 52-year-old mother Nancy in their large and expansive home prior to leaving for the school.  All the weapons used were purchased lawfully in the State of Connecticut.

Let me repeat that for the ignorant in the nation: all the weapons used by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook were purchased lawfully in the State of Connecticut by Nancy Lanza.

Initially, from FoxNews.com:

Families of Newtown shooting victims sue gunmaker, seller

The families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher wounded two years ago at the Sandy Hook Elementary School filed a lawsuit Monday against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting.

The negligence and wrongful death lawsuit, filed in Bridgeport Superior Court, asserts that the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle should not have been made publicly available because it was designed for military use and is unsuited for hunting or home defense.

And, like every other media conglomeration in this nation and others, Fox have their facts wrong.  The Bushmaster is not an AR-15.  Bushmaster is owned by Remington (and moreover, by the Freedom Group Family of Companies) which does not manufacture the AR-15; Colt does.

“The AR-15 was specifically engineered for the United States military to meet the needs of changing warfare,” attorney Josh Koskoff said in a release. “In fact, one of the Army’s specifications for the AR-15 was that it has the capability to penetrate a steel helmet.”

In addition to Bushmaster, the defendants are Camfour, a firearm distributor, and Riverview Gun Sales, the East Windsor store where the gunman’s mother purchased the Bushmaster rifle in 2010.

Again, incorrect information.  The Colt AR-15 was a derivative from the original Eugene Stoner design at ArmaLite (hence the AR in AR-15).  The firearm and the round are separate.

The .223 round was truly a step down from the standard WWII rounds utilized in military rifles bored out, commonly, to .45 caliber in handguns, and to M-1 rifles in the .30-06 Springfield cartridge, the M-14 in .308 Winchester.  The M-14, actually, is considered to be the “last” of the American battle rifles, because it fires full-power rifle ammunition and AR-15s and M-16s do not, but only offer the diminutive .223 (5.56mm) round.

Anyone doubting that a .308 round wouldn’t penetrate a helmet, much less a tree, much less a half-inch of sheet steel, should volunteer for target duty immediately.

Bill Sherlach, whose wife, Mary, was killed in the shooting, said he believes in the Second Amendment but also that the gun industry needs to be held to “standard business practices” when it comes to assuming the risk for producing, making and selling a product.

“These companies assume no responsibility for marketing and selling a product to the general population who are not trained to use it nor even understand the power of it,” he said.

I say to Bill: then apparently you don’t Grok the concept of placing even larger and more potent weapons into the hands of 15 and 16 and 17-year-olds who volunteered to support the US in WWII.  Because they too cannot be trusted.

And to Bill: marketing and selling is regulated by not only the federal government, but the individual states.  The weapons involved were purchased lawfully in the State of Connecticut.  What part of that do you not understand, sir?

Bushmaster has already paid out.  They should pay out no more.

[A small aside for those unfamiliar with the firearms industry in America: there are, to the best of my knowledge, at least seven firearms or firearms-associated manufacturers located — at least for a time — in the state of Connecticut, to include Smith & Wesson; Colt; Sturm, Ruger & Co.; Mossberg; Winchester; Remington; and Martin Firearms.]

I wrote about the Newtown shootings here and here.

And I also said this: I will never give up my Second Amendment.  I will not give up my Second Amendment because of Newtown or Virginia or any other event.  Twenty children died.  But I will not give up my Second Amendment rights.  I do this for the greater overarching picture.  I am resolute.

I am resolute.

Perhaps John Stossel is correct:

These lawsuits are predicated but upon emotions only.  They are not based upon logic because overall crime is down in the US and violent crime is down and gun crime is down.

And that is also despite the fact that my department recently lost Deputy Danny Oliver.

For those Leftists who read me, let’s see more of these signs:

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