Libertarian Commentary on the News #13-2B: Border Jumpers, Hoploclasts and Theft

Everyone seems to want to steal:  border jumpers steal identities and money from taxpayers, legislators what to steal our guns, Congress (or some of them) want to steal more money (together with the White House).  And of course, a lot of folks want to make it EASIER to steal.

Border jumpers – Home front
Mexican women pleads guilty in total identity-theft case

(AP) Benita Cardona-Gonzalez, a Mexican national living in Topeka, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of possessing fraudulent identification documents in a deal with prosecutors that calls for an 18-month prison term.  The 32-year-old was accused of completely assuming the persona of Houston elementary school teacher Candida Gutierrez, who first went public in a story by The Associated Press. Gutierrez recounted how the thief not only opened bank and credit accounts, but assumed her entire persona — using it to get a job, a driver’s license, a mortgage, food stamps and even medical care for the birth of two children. All the while, the crook claimed the real Gutierrez was the one who had stolen her identity.

Nathan:  I realize that this is only one women out of millions of border jumpers, but her theft (and the federal government’s pitiful actions to deal with it after finally failing to continue to sweep it under the rug) are a strong argument to be used by those who demand a government crackdown on border-jumping.  This resonates especially with those of us who have suffered significant financial losses from identity theft in the past, or have friends and family to which that has happened.  This woman lived well – often at taxpayer expense – for well over a decade while helping make life miserable for the woman whose identity she took, and her punishment will be a grand total of maybe 558 days in jail (at MORE taxpayer expense) and getting sent back to her home country: not a single dime of restitution to her victim, not a single penny paid back to the taxpayers.  And she is just one of thousands or hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of border jumpers who steal like this.

Mama’s Note: I’m wondering just what her nationality or immigration status has to do with it. The woman was a thief and a liar, enabled by the system, and there are many thousands of people just like her that were born in the US.

“Friends of liberty” we really don’t need
Alex Jones on Piers Morgan Show: Weapons and Revolution

(Freedom Outpost) Internet radio host Alex Jones of InfoWars.com went on CNN to take on host Piers Morgan. Now social media is a buzz with talk about the interview, in which Jones exclaimed, “1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms!”

Nathan: I have stated my opinion of Alex Jones in the past, and his histrionic performance on the Morgan show will be used to justify the sobriquet “gun nut” for years.  This man and his “news” website are a danger to the cause of liberty, and he just elevated the threat by his behavior on a national news show.  I do not doubt that much of the information he publishes on PrisonPlanet.com and InfoWars.com is correct and accurate, but enough has NOT been accurate over the years that I rate it no differently than I would any “mainstream media” site or publication.  I also do not doubt that Morgan is more bonkers than Jones, but that is like saying that Stalin was worse than Hitler: it should not be taken to imply that Hitler should be considered a good guy.  Jones is no friend of liberty, as demonstrated by his actions, no matter what he claims.

Hoploclasts and Hoplophobes
Iowa Legislator calls for government gun ban, confiscation

(Daily Caller) In an interview with the Daily Times Herald in Caroll, Iowa, state Rep. Dan Muhlbauer said governments should start confiscating semi-automatic rifles and other firearms.  “We should ban those in Iowa,” he said, adding that such a ban should be applied retroactively. “We need to get them off the streets — illegally — and even if you have them, I think we need to start taking them,” Muhlbauer told the Daily Times Herald. “We can’t have those out there. Because if they’re out there they’re just going to get circulated around to the wrong people. Those guns should not be in the public’s hands. There are just too many guns.”

Nathan: Like Kelly and Giffords (next story), this Democrat makes a big deal of his ownership of a couple of .22-cal weapons and a shotgun and his being a “western” Iowa farmer.  Westerners!  How many neighbors like him do you have, who will HELP government goons break into your homes and businesses and steal your weapons and ammo and at the drop of a hat (or any other excuse) gun you down in cold blood?

Hoploclasts and Hoplophobes
Giffords and Kelly Launch Their Own Anti-Gun Lobby

(CNSNews.com)

Nathan: Touting their own gun ownership, these two people are the epitome of the elitists who believe that virtually ALL Americans cannot be trusted with weapons, and use their own notoriety to steal away our liberty.  I can understand their horror and anger, but instead of dealing with the real reasons that Giffords was attacked and so badly wounded, they lash out and try to blame millions of Americans for their ordeal.  Sadly, it is people like them that could lead to a REAL reform of gun and self-defense laws that would deal with unwarranted “gun violence” by encouraging self-defense preparedness, responsible ownership and use, and ending the anti-gun culture of too many companies and communities.  Although these two are not doing that, a few groups are, as the next story relates.

Our right of self-defense
27 Pro-gun organizations unite to fight federal gun bans

(Daily Caller) A collaborative effort of 27 pro-gun state and national organizations has formed to fight against any federal gun bans. The group is referring to themselves as the “National Coalition to Stop the Gun Ban” and has announced the formation of the coalition January 3, 1013. The Nebraska Firearms Owners Association website states: “The objective of the coalition is to kill the proposals. Period. It is not to “compromise” by saddling gun owners with restrictions and whining “It was the best we could get.”  Nothing less than the complete defeat of the Obama/Biden/Feinstein proposals will suffice;…”

Nathan:  Such a cooperative effort is a good start.  It will be even better if they throw their effort behind actions to get rid of many current gun laws, such as the Gun-Free Schools Act which seems to have been a turning point in the number of school attacks and killings in the past two decades.

Culture wars: killing children
Planned Parenthood’s New Annual Report: We Did 333,964 Abortions; 1 Every 94 Seconds

(CNSNews.com)

Nathan: When we speak of mass murderers, everyone is shocked and outspoken about some drug-related, hate- and fear-related killing of 5 people here, 10 there, and 20 elsewhere, but the media and most Americans are willing to ignore those people who routinely – as part of their “profession” – kill dozens or hundreds of children; to say nothing of ignoring the millions of people who support PP and other killers with their voices, votes, and money.  Indeed, to me this is about the same as the alleged Aurora killer, James Holmes, publishing a book or even an advertisement boasting of his success in killing people.

The “messiah’s” minions
Panetta to Return to His Walnut Farm, ‘Dealing With a Different Set of Nuts’

(CNSNews.com)

Nathan: I don’t like the man, but this gave me a chuckle.  How true it is.

Theft by government – Congress in action
White House: ‘Nobody Forced Congress to Rack Up the Bills That it Incurred’
(CNSNews.com)

Nathan: True, true – which gives the White House a track record of about 1/10 of 1 percent of truthful statements.  BUT certainly the White House is one of the many enablers and instigators of the mad spending spree that Congress has been on for fifty years.  In England and the United Kingdom, including the first British Empire, it was the Executive (then the King) that spent wildly on foreign wars and elaborate government (courts) and the like, and it was the Legislature (Parliament: both Lords and Commons) that reined in that spending and kept careful control of the purse-strings.  Thus the Constitution was engineered based on that idea and designed to buttress the power of Congress to keep the President from going wild.  But as always, such checks and balances inevitably have loopholes and workarounds.  Pork barrel spending (earmarks and the like) were not a problem in 18th Century Great Britain or the original Thirteen nations which joined together to form these United States, but today, Congress has gone even more wild than the White House.

Mama’s Note: An awful lot of people were stuck with “Continentals,” the fiat money printed by the new government to finance the war. Fiat money and theft by government have been going on for a very long time. Interesting short article: Continental Scripts and The Whiskey Rebellion

Home Front
Commuter ferry crash in New York injures 57, 2 critical

(Yahoo) “About 327 people were aboard the boat on Wednesday, said Tom Wynne, spokesman for Seastreak, which boasts on its website that its “fast passenger catamarans provide the fastest commute to New York City!”

Thanks to Bear for this one.  His comments: Ban those high speed, high capacity ferries. Who needs to move a short battalion into NYC for “sporting purposes”? We do not need these military-style landing craft on our waters. Calling it “commuting” is just an attempt by the pro-ferry lobby to obscure their deadly agenda.

Nathan: Great thought, Bear.  Hoploclasts are at their most hypocritical and irrational, not to say inconsistent, when they refuse to address anything BUT guns as being “dangerous threats.”  Despite decades of more and more laws, about 40,000 people still die each year on US highways, many times more than die due to someone (or even themselves) shooting them with a gun.  There are more attacks, and more deaths in those attacks, from clubs and knives and bats.  People die from raising golf clubs over their heads and getting hit by lightning.  Every year, hundreds of children drown in swimming pools, which are still NOT outlawed and generally do not require permits or licenses.  Yet guns have this weird fascination and generate this strange fear…


About TPOL-Nathan

Nathan Barton is a christian, self-governor (free-market anarchist), husband, father, professional engineer, Engineer army officer, private businessman, and writer, teacher, and preacher. He works and lives mostly in four western states, and is Southern by heritage and Westerner by birth, upbringing, and choice.
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2 Responses to Libertarian Commentary on the News #13-2B: Border Jumpers, Hoploclasts and Theft

  1. Bear says:

    “People die from raising golf clubs over their heads and getting hit by lightning.”

    Yeah, but that’s an act of God Gaia, so it’s OK.

    ” Every year, hundreds of children drown in swimming pools, which are still NOT outlawed and generally do not require permits or licenses.”

    I’m still waiting for Congress to enact an Assault Cancer Ban. Of course, California has pretty much tried that, and you can see how well it worked for them. Maybe an Assault Heart Disease Ban…

    • MamaLiberty says:

      Indeed. I was going to add a picture that’s been circulating in email, but forgot. I’ll go add that now. No idea how to do it in the comments here.

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