IS in Syria

From last year.
Flush with cash and US weapons seized during its advances in Iraq, the Islamic State’s expansion shows no sign of slowing down. In the first week of August alone, Islamic State fighters have taken over new areas in northern Iraq, encroaching on Kurdish territory and sending Christians and other minorities fleeing as reports of massacres emerged.

VICE News reporter Medyan Dairieh spent three weeks embedded with the Islamic State, gaining unprecedented access to the group in Iraq and Syria as the first and only journalist to document its inner workings.

Texas Congressman introduces bill to suspend Refugee Resettlement Program.


Texas Congressman introduces bill to suspend Refugee Resettlement Program.

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) yesterday introduced the Resettlement Accountability National Security Act (H.R. 3314), which places an immediate suspension on allowing immigrants into the United States under the refugee resettlement program, until the Government Accountability Office (GAO) completes a thorough examination of its costs on federal, state and local governments. According to the U.S. refugee admissions database, nearly 500,000 new immigrants have come to the U.S. under the resettlement program since President Obama first took office – with the state of Texas and its taxpayers being asked to take in more than any other state.

“It is extremely unsettling that the Obama Administration would continue to expand the U.S. resettlement program at such an irresponsible pace in light of our economic and national security challenges,” said Rep. Babin. “While this program may be warranted in certain situations, it is continuing at an unchecked pace. For the past decade the U.S. has been admitting roughly 70,000 new refugees a year, with little understanding of the economic and social costs on our communities.

“Our legislation institutes a common sense pause in the program so that we can better understand the long-term and short-term costs that this program has on local governments, states and U.S. taxpayers. It also gives us an opportunity to examine potential national security issues related to entry and resettlement, particularly as federal law enforcement officials are increasingly concerned about home-grown terrorists.”


Michigan’s Open Carry in Schools.

hqdefaultSo, last March Michigan resident Joshua Wade was at a school in liberal Ann Arbor, home of the University of Michigan (boo…hiss…).  All sorts of hand-wringing ensued with an educator there literally outing him in front of a large group of others.

As reported at last March;

In between sets, DiBlassio approached the row Wade was sitting in and attempted to photograph him. Following the concert, he stood at the back of the theater and asked for everyone’s attention before pointing out that Wade had been openly carrying his pistol during the event.

“I told everyone I thought they should be aware that while they were at the concert watching their kids that there was someone with a firearm and ammunition and maybe we want to think about that,” DiBlassio said.

He went on to tell people to look into contacting school board members and state representatives if they also felt uncomfortable.

“I posed the question to them saying ‘don’t we want something like a gun-free campus’ for our schools,” DiBlassio said. “And I said I personally wasn’t comfortable with this.”

As he finished speaking, DiBlassio said told everyone in the audience where Wade had been sitting and that he was wearing a white shirt.

Here we have a responsible gun owner, minding his own business, being accosted by a bunch a do-good-er antis.  Do-gooders and nosy.

Of course a lawsuit ensued against the local School Board, the Board lost, and more angst on the part of some:

Dr. Sonya Lewis, an Ann Arbor parent who has spoken out against guns in schools, said she was disappointed in the Clio lawsuit ruling and supports Ann Arbor schools.

“Guns in schools jeopardize the physical and emotional safety of students and staff and disrupt the process of learning,” she said. “We can’t determine the intentions of a someone carrying a gun by sight alone.” 

Um, yes, actually.  Actually you can.  And the only disruption here is your wailing and gnashing of teeth on the matter.

Anti’s don’t know that there is a difference between a law-abiding peaceful person who may happen to be armed, and this guy:

The antagonist is instantly recognizable.

Continue reading Michigan’s Open Carry in Schools.

Paper, is just that.

dt.common.streams.StreamServer.clsBob Owens, at Bearing Arms:

Quick! Someone get our delicate anti-gun opposites to a fainting couch!

A no-nonsense Louisiana sheriff has dared say what they cannot stand to hear.

Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said the domestic murder case in Geismar this week case shows the limits of a system meant to protect victims.

While Sheriff Wiley said it is important to fully utilize the legal system, he said it can’t protect victims 24/7. He suggested an additional option.

“Get your concealed weapons permit. Ladies, learn how to safely handle a weapon, learn how to safely store a weapon, and when you’re in a situation like this shoot him in your back yard before he gets in your house. Drop him,” said Wiley.

The Sheriff admitted the advice may sound radical, but he said extreme violence requires extraordinary efforts for protection.

“Take the extremes necessary to live a life where you don’t have to worry about your kids and your life,” said Wiley.

Wiley’s comments came in response to a situation in his jurisdiction where a woman was beaten to death with a baseball bat after her estranged husband proved that a restraining order is paper thin.

So very true.

I get hundreds of injunctions, orders, judgments every year for all types of cases.  At the end of every day, its just paper.   Completely useful in a civil society.  But sometimes people are not, civil.  Even with the injunction, safety planning is necessary – like layers of an onion.  Each contributing its own but all working together.

Fight Back!

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A resident defending his property shot an attempted breaking and entering suspect, ultimately leading to his arrest Wednesday evening.just-in-time-photography (5)The reporter in the story went on to tell readers that if confronted with an intruder in the home, don’t resist.

Police say the answer is clear — you should never fight back. Their biggest piece of advice — DO NOT RESIST!

Here are other ways to protect yourself:

— Try to stay calm: Don’t make any sudden movements to upset the robber.

— Tell the robber about anything that might surprise him for example, someone is on their way home.

— If you have to move or reach, tell the robber what you’re doing.

— And of course, try to get a good look at the robber so you can describe them later

Terrible advice.

TTAG’s Dean Weingarten has it right:

Missing from the analysis above, is the cost and benefit to the rest of society. When criminals are “given what they want,” they are taught an important lesson: crime pays, and violating others rights is a rewarding activity. This leads to more crime. People respond to incentives.