Thursday, January 17, 2013

Oops! Gun-map hate mail goes to wrong paper

See what people really think about Journal News action

by Joe Kovacs / WND


The Journal News of New York published an interactive map of permitted gun owners, prompting a firestorm of controversy.

In the highly competitive world of the news media, one New York paper is apparently more than happy to embarrass another in connection with the recent gun-map controversy.

The Journal News, which serves readers in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, recently caused a firestorm of anger when it published an interactive map of addresses, helping identify people who legally own guns in its area. Ironically, the Journal News has since reportedly hired armed guards to protect its own staff.

But some of the public’s comments intended to scourge the Journal News have been mistakenly sent to the wrong newspaper, the Rockland County Times.

Now, editors at the Rockland paper are going public with those messages.

“The Rockland County Times has decided to publish these letters in the interest of showing exactly how the Journal News’ gun-map stunt made people around North America feel!” the paper shouted Wednesday.

It adds that “most of the letter-writers offered their apologies upon learning they sent their letter to the wrong newspaper.”

One reader, Terry Mulinski of Bothell, Wash., praised the Journal News, saying, “Good call on publishing.

What ARE they complaining about?”

But most of the other comments vented a sense of outrage, with some using humor to express their displeasure.

Here is a sampling of some of the letters meant for the Journal News, but received and now published by the Rockland County Times:
  • What is next will you be publishing a list of everyone in Rockland and Westchester who has a legitimate prescription for pain meds, because pain medicine kills far more people every year than guns. Make sure to highlight the old and frail who have meds the junkies will rob and kill for. This was a very dangerous move. You should be ashamed of yourself!! I would not use your paper to house break a dog! Typical media WHORE!!! – James Horigan
  • Shame on you. Another damn liberal with a printing press. You should be ashamed of yourself as the publisher to release the names and a google interactive map of pistol permit holders. What in the world did you think this would achieve except to cause trouble? The legal owners are not the problem, figure it out. You are just as dangerous as the bad guys, but I’m sure you don’t quite see it that way, because you are an unusual bird. May this stand destroy what the Internet has not yet destroyed of your newspaper. Hail to the Internet for giving us the ability to obtain the names, addresses and phone numbers of those who run and manage your organization. God, I love technology. – Jim Varriale
  • I see that you believe people should not own guns, so you endanger them by putting out their information, but then you turn around and hire armed guards. You are promoting the Communist Agenda and don’t even know it, or maybe you do and just don’t care. Now all the criminals know exactly what houses to rob. I hope you get sued by everyone whose house is robbed. There is no longer one reporter in this entire country who I trust to tell the truth anymore. – David Patton
  • I am rolling with laughter at your paper. How nice it is to print and mock all those people who are bright enough to be able to defend themselves, while believing you have the moral high ground. How quickly the shoe is on the other foot when it comes to your safety. I wish you no harm but you are the typical liberal bastion of hypocrisy. Like Bloomberg and all the others: ‘get rid of the guns,’ while they have bodyguards and you your armed security. Laughable. Crazy people do what crazy people will do. – Al Clayton, Bayville, N.J.
  • You get some negative phone calls and email and you have to hire armed guards. So you don’t have the guts to carry a weapon to protect yourself or others. Instead you use your money to hire someone for your personal defense. You want to have someone with Second Amendment rights protect your First Amendment rights, LOL. What a pathetic response. – Rick Clark, Terre Haute, Ind.
  • BORN 1888, DIED 2013: Obituary for your newspaper’s last headline. What a joke, hiring armed guards to protect yourself, and splashing all over your trash newspaper, law abiding Second Amendment rights to bear arm citizens. You’re a hypocrite and a sad excuse for allowing this. – Ray LeBlanc
  • Pathetic. Hope you are sued and go out of business. I tell everyone about what you did. Very sad. – Mark Ratikan
  • What a bunch of irresponsible twits. Now, how about publishing names and addresses of all the executives of the newspaper. Not so brave about doing that, are you? – Bill Denney
  • Although I am not a registered gun owner, I have a number of friends who are. I thank you for your misguided (and malicious?) publication of their names and addresses, since it will serve to protect them, albeit in a limited way. As I’m sure your research shows, the presence of legal firearms serves as a deterrent to those who would use them illegally. You have, in effect, sent a warning of sorts to those “bad guys” who might be looking (for example) to invade a home. Of course, by so doing, you have also identified those homes that are not protected. If you are truly serious about this issue, why not also focus on criminal control? E.g., call for a mandatory jail sentence for those who use guns during the commission of a crime. Sincerely, Gary Markman, Mahopac, N.Y.
  • Instead of printing private info on law obeying citizens, why wouldn’t you try to expose those who carry illegally. Now criminals know where to go to steal a gun(s). Nice work … maybe one day, one of those stolen guns that you so ignorantly decided to give to a criminal will do harm to an innocent person, or worse, innocent child. Guns don’t kill…people kill. – Kevin Eder
  • Nice of you to print a map of where criminals can break in and steal a gun. Why not print a map of rich people to go with it? Dumb a–es. Oh and I am not a gun owner. Sincerely, William Miller
  • I do believe in the rights of a free press. But what you have done is yell fire in a theater. You gave the bad people in that area of the country a list of homes to break in into if they want to steal guns. Or made every one else a target that their is less of a chance they have a gun in there homes. What were you thinking? – Ken Janssen
  • Thank-you for allowing the printing of residences of people owning guns! Now the criminals will know where NOT to go when robbing and KILLING your people of your city! See how many people in that area get victimized by you printing this! You are a dumba–. – Ron Jeffries
  • I hope you are held responsible for ANY robberies that occur at the addresses that you published, you are despicable low-life people who have NO clue about your military and this country! Military are now polled to ensure that they will fire on Americans if ordered. Write that story, then go buy yourself a gun, learn to use it properly, and store it in a gun safe. Because crazy is out there, vicious is out there and thanks to you, they now have a list to use to get more guns! May you pay for what you have done. Kelly King, Fort Lauderdale

Obama’s Dismal Record on Jobs, Explained with Common Sense
Economists may not agree on much, but we all agree that economic output is a function of capital and labor. Ask a Keynesian, a Marxist, an Austrian, a monetarist, or any economist, and they’ll all agree that living standards are determined by the quality and quantity of these two factors of production.
So it should be very worrisome that there has been a big drop in the share of the population that is employed. Here’s a chart produced from Bureau of Labor Statistics data, showing labor force participation during the 21st Century.

Employment Population Ratio, 2001-2012

There was a big drop during the recession. That’s the usual pattern, and it definitely isn’t something that can be blamed on President Obama since the downturn began before he took office.

Employment Population Ratio, Long Run

But what is unusual is that the employment/population ratio has not bounced back. As you can see from this second chart, taken directly from the BLS website, there’s normally a “V” pattern. The numbers drop during a recession but then quickly bounce back.

That hasn’t happened during this “recovery,” and that’s something that can be blamed on the President’s policies. Millions of jobs have vanished. But most of these lost jobs don’t even show up in the official unemployment rate data because workers have left the labor force.

Why have so many jobs – and so many workers – disappeared?

Writing in today’s Wall Street Journal, Richard Vedder has a very compelling explanation.
The national income accounts suggest that about 70% of U.S. output is attributable to the labor of human beings. Yet there has been a decline in the proportion of working-age Americans who are employed. …The decline matters more than you may suppose. If today the country had the same proportion of persons of working age employed as it did in 2000, the U.S. would have almost 14 million more people contributing to the economy. …Why are Americans working less? While there are a number of factors, the phenomenon is due mainly to a variety of public policies that have reduced the incentives to be employed.
Richard lists several ways in which government undermines the incentive for work, starting with food stamps.
If the government provides food, then the imperative to work is severely reduced. Since the food-stamp program’s beginning in the 1960s, it has grown considerably, but especially so in the 21st century: There are over 30 million more Americans receiving food stamps today than in 2000.
He then identifies Social Security disability payments.
Barely three million Americans received work-related disability checks from Social Security in 1990, a number that had changed only modestly in the preceding decade or two. Since then, the number of people drawing disability checks has soared, passing five million by 2000, 6.5 million by 2005, and rising to nearly 8.6 million today. In a series of papers, David Autor of MIT has shown that the disability program is ineffective, inefficient, and growing at an unsustainable rate.
And he mentions unemployment insurance benefits as well.
…the traditional 26-week benefit has been continuously extended over the past four years—many persons out of work a year or more are still receiving benefits. True enough, the economy isn’t growing very much. But if you pay people to stay at home, many will do so rather than seek employment or accept jobs where the pay doesn’t meet their expectations.
Richard doesn’t include any specific estimates for the job losses caused by these forms of intervention, or for the other policies mentioned in his column that also encourage unemployment.

But there is a lot of data on the negative impact of unemployment insurance payments, and it’s obviously a damning indictment of Obama’s track record that the number of people signing up for disability payments has exceeded the number of jobs created during his tenure.

Which brings us to the moral of the story. As the burden of government spending increases, this creates an ever-growing incentive for more and more people to figure out ways of riding in the wagon while simultaneously imposing higher and higher costs on those pulling the wagon.

As we see in Greece, that formula doesn’t end well.

P.S. Since I’ve mentioned Greece and disability payments, I can’t resist noting that the United States may give disability payments to adults who want to wear diapers as a lifestyle choice, but at least we don’t reward pedophiles with disability payments. In the contest for the most abusive waste of tax dollars, Greece wins.
Guns Don't Kill People, the Mentally Ill Do

Guns Don't Kill People, the Mentally Ill Do

By: Ann Coulter / Townhall Columnist
Seung-Hui Cho, who committed the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, had been diagnosed with severe anxiety disorder as a child and placed under treatment.

But Virginia Tech was prohibited from being told about Cho's mental health problems because of federal privacy laws.

At college, Cho engaged in behavior even more bizarre than the average college student. He stalked three women and, at one point, went totally silent, refusing to speak even to his roommates. He was involuntarily committed to a mental institution for one night and then unaccountably unleashed on the public, whereupon he proceeded to engage in the deadliest mass shooting by an individual in U.S. history.

The 2011 Tucson, Ariz., shopping mall shooter, Jared Loughner, was so obviously disturbed that if he'd stayed in Pima Community College long enough to make the yearbook, he would have been named "Most Likely to Commit Mass Murder."

After Loughner got a tattoo, the artist, Carl Grace, remarked: "That's a weird dude. That's a Columbine candidate."

One of Loughner's teachers, Ben McGahee, filed numerous complaints against him, hoping to have him removed from class. "When I turned my back to write on the board," McGahee said, "I would always turn back quickly -- to see if he had a gun."

On her first day at school, student Lynda Sorensen emailed her friends about Loughner: "We do have one student in the class who was disruptive today, I'm not certain yet if he was on drugs (as one person surmised) or disturbed. He scares me a bit. The teacher tried to throw him out and he refused to go, so I talked to the teacher afterward. Hopefully he will be out of class very soon, and not come back with an automatic weapon."

The last of several emails Sorensen sent about Loughner said: "We have a mentally unstable person in the class that scares the living cr** out of me. He is one of those whose picture you see on the news, after he has come into class with an automatic weapon. Everyone interviewed would say, Yeah, he was in my math class and he was really weird."

That was the summer before Loughner killed six people at the Tucson shopping mall, including a federal judge and a 9 year-old girl, and critically wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, among others.

Loughner also had run-ins with the law, including one charge for possessing drug paraphernalia -- a lethal combination with mental illness. He was eventually asked to leave college on mental health grounds, released on the public without warning.

Perhaps if Carl Grace, Ben McGahee or Lynda Sorensen worked in the mental health field, six people wouldn't have had to die that January morning in Tucson. But committing Loughner to a mental institution in Arizona would have required a court order stating that he was a danger to himself and others.

Innumerable studies have found a correlation between severe mental illness and violent behavior. Thirty-one to 61 percent of all homicides committed by disturbed individuals occur during their first psychotic episode -- which is why mass murderers often have no criminal record. There's no time to wait with the mentally ill.

James Holmes, the accused Aurora, Colo., shooter, was under psychiatric care at the University of Colorado long before he shot up a movie theater. According to news reports and court filings, Holmes told his psychiatrist, Dr. Lynne Fenton, that he fantasized about killing "a lot of people," but she refused law enforcement's offer to place Holmes under confinement for 72 hours.

However, Fenton did drop Holmes as a patient after he made threats against another school psychiatrist.

And after Holmes made threats against a professor, he was asked to leave campus. But he wasn't committed. People who knew he was deeply troubled just pushed him onto society to cause havoc elsewhere.

Little is known so far about Adam Lanza, the alleged Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooter, but anyone who could shoot a terrified child and say to himself, "That was fun -- I think I'll do it 20 more times!" is not all there.

It has been reported that Lanza's mother, his first victim, was trying to have him involuntarily committed to a mental institution, triggering his rage. If true -- and the media seem remarkably uninterested in finding out if it is true -- Mrs. Lanza would have had to undergo a long and grueling process, unlikely to succeed.

As The New York Times' Joe Nocera recently wrote: "Connecticut's laws are so restrictive in terms of the proof required to get someone committed that Adam Lanza's mother would probably not have been able to get him help even if she had tried."

Taking guns away from single women who live alone and other law-abiding citizens without mental illnesses will do nothing about the Chos, Loughners, Holmeses or Lanzas. Such people have to be separated from civil society, for the public's sake as well as their own. But this is nearly impossible because the ACLU has decided that being psychotic is a civil right.

Consequently, whenever a psychopath with a million gigantic warning signs commits a shocking murder, the knee-jerk reaction is to place yet more controls on guns. By now, guns are the most heavily regulated product in America.

It hasn't worked.

Even if it could work -- and it can't -- there are still subway tracks, machetes, fists and bombs. The most deadly massacre at a school in U.S. history was at an elementary school in Michigan in 1927. It was committed with a bomb. By a mentally disturbed man.

How about trying something new for once?
Op-ed:
It's all about the photo-op...say cheese
By: Diane Sori

 
And so it begins with the photo-op of all photo-ops...Obama signing 23 gun control restrictions by using Executive Order, all while a 'rainbow coalition' of children (one with a muslim sounding name) stand dutifully behind him smiling ever so sweetly.

Now any other president who was truly concerned about the safety of our children would have signed such Orders behind closed doors without the media paparazzi turning it into a 'dog and pony show'...spotlight front and center on the biggest glory hog of all, while behind him stands children being used to 'guilt' us into what amounts to surrendering our firearms.

Obama's wide-ranging plan for executive and legislative action to curb 'supposed' gun violence started with him saying that our 'first task' is to keep our children safe.  Keep our children safe...pretty sounding words, masking what he really means...I want to take away your guns....we know it, he knows we know it, and he doesn't care if we do.

And by saying Congress must demand universal background checks on ALL gun sales, whether from a legitimate dealer or from an individual sale, Obama is really initiating a roster...a national gun owners database of all Americans who own firearms...a roster so Obama and his minions know exactly where the firearms are when he says the time has come for confiscation.

And this is an out and out assault on our Second Amendment right to keep and bears arms and NOTHING less.

And we all knew Obama would call for a reinstatement and strengthening of the lapsed ban on the so-called 'military-style' assault weapons, but calling for a ban on high-capacity magazines (a 10-round limit on ammunition magazines) went too far as these magazines had NO bearing whatsoever in the recent spade of shootings NO matter how much the msm lies and says they did.

The assault weapons ban...just another tactic to disarm the American citizenry.

According to Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla), “Making matters worse is that President Obama is again abusing his power by imposing his policies via executive fiat instead of allowing them to be debated in Congress.”

How right he is as by issuing these Executive Orders instead of securing Congressional consent, Obama has gone against the very intent of the Constitution...that being that no one, including the president, should have the power to act unilaterally.  Thankfully, Executive Orders can be overridden by a 2/3 majority of Congress, and they can also be challenged in court on the grounds that the Order exceeds the president's constitutional powers.

And with the Obama-staged photo-op signing of NOT one Executive Order but 23 Executive Orders it now becomes imperative that Congress put each and every one of those Orders under the microscope, and take action to override them if any violate the Constitutional rights of 'We the People'.

That is if those in Congress have the courage to put aside their fear of the race card to do what they know is the right thing to do.

And the bottom line is that all today's press conference did was draw a line in the sand for an out and out contentious battle with the powerful NRA lobby and its supporters in Congress, including some Democrats, who will oppose what they see as an outright intrusion on American's constitutionally protected gun rights. 

So while Obama put on his best phony face of concern by surrounding himself with the innocence of children when he said “If we can save even one life, we have an obligation to try," what today really was about was him and his minions using the Newtown tragedy as yet another step in his subversive plan to overthrow the Second Amendment of our Constitution...and this we cannot allow because the Second Amendment is all 'We the People' have left between us and a total dismantling of our country.