July 24, 2019

Open Thread – 28th Day, 5th Month, 2019, 7th Millennium

Record Heat, Record Cold. We’re All Gonna Die!

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Maine’s So-Called “Red Flag” Gun Bill Proposals

On Tuesday, May 28, 2019, Maine’s Legislative Subcommittee, Criminal Justice and Public Safety, will discuss 5 so-called “red flag” gun control bills. Here they are, including my comments, with links so readers can go read the proposals instead of listening to the B.S. always associated with controversial law proposals.

LD 379 – An act to protect children by requiring the safe storage of loaded firearms.

As will all bill proposals the title often is misleading or leaves out tons of important information. This proposal is of no exception.

It’s a terrible bill and will do very little, if anything, to protect a child. The proposal, as written, should be an embarrassment to whoever is responsible for crafting it. It includes all of these very gray areas that leave decisions about determining whether a person is in violation of law up to someone’s perspective and whether or not it can be “perceived” to perhaps cause a safety issue.

For example, it reads that a person is guilty of unsafe storage of a firearm if: “The person knows or REASONABLY SHOULD KNOW that a child is LIKELY to gain access to the loaded firearm without the permission…..” (emphasis added)

The majority of the bill is utter nonsense that does nothing to protect children and everything to UNREASONABLY prohibit the exercise of a person’s Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

The only part of this bill that should perhaps be considered is punishment for any adult who stupidly leaves a loaded gun laying around unattended.

LD 533 – An act to eliminate the statutory duty to retreat and affirm the right of self defense.

Such a bill proposal would not be necessary if there was actually a constitutional right or a natural right to self defense. States that have similar laws, sometimes called “castle doctrines” have all sorts of trouble with this law, mainly because, once again, the courts evidently can’t or don’t want to make a determination from evidence obtained whether a person was justified in killing or causing bodily harm to someone attacking, threatening, etc.

LD 810 – An act that would require background checks for all private firearm sales or transfers except family members.

Another bill that is of utter nonsense. This is a blatant and 100% disregard of a person’s right to keep and bear arms and a right to buy and sell one’s property as they see fit. Any person who owns a firearm should be able to sell that firearm to anyone they wish. What a person does with a firearm after purchasing that firearm, is not the responsibility of the seller.

This requirement will do absolutely nothing to stop anyone wishing to commit a violent crime. There are laws against committing violent crimes and those laws do nothing to stop a criminal or a person with criminal intent. Add this proposal to all the others that are nothing more than a total disregard and in disrespect of the Second Amendment and a person’s unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

LD 1099 – An act to reduce suicides and violent crimes by requiring a 72-hour waiting period after the sale of a firearm.

No where in the Second Amendment or for any other “right” guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, is there a 72-hour waiting period in order to exercise that right. Such a requirement does not reduce suicides or prevent violent crimes. This is nothing more than totalitarians forcing their desired way of life onto others.

LD 1569 – An act to prohibit untraceable and undetectable firearms.

LD 1569 is hogwash!! In the proposal it states that the Legislature determines that untraceable and undetectable firearms pose a “danger to the residents of the state.” The question should be, in what way are they a danger? Guns don’t and never have been responsible for killing anyone or causing them harm. There is ALWAYS somebody on the other end of a gun that does the act. That person, if their intent is to harm or kill someone, is a mentally deranged person – made that way by a perverse, immoral society. What are we doing about that? Oh, I thought so.

Banning guns that do not contain a traceable serial number and/or are made from a material that cannot be detected by metal detectors does nothing to alter the mental deficiency of anyone bent on killing or harming other people.

This proposal will only enhance the already unlawful act of firearm registration.

There are a couple of comments I wish to add to this entire slate of totalitarian gun proposals. The first is that there has never been any discussion or bill proposals that would address why a person or group of persons are of the mindset to harm other people. This will never happen because it would interfere with the immoral, decadent lifestyles these totalitarians want to live. They like it and don’t want to lose it.

Secondly, in some of these proposals there are exceptions to the prohibition of gun rights handed out to licensed firearm dealers and law enforcement personnel, including some private security guards. I want to know why the legislators think that law enforcement personnel and licensed gun dealers are above committing violent crimes against the citizenry? We know cops will gun down innocent people all in the line of duty. Should we then, if we want to be a society that measures and restricts every act of freedom and liberty, be giving carte blanche to law enforcement and licensed gun dealers who are equally susceptible to carrying out violent crimes as the next person?

I am shocked at the ignorance on display in the written words of these gun control bills. It is a reflection of the poor and manipulated “education” (brainwashing) taking place in our institutions and within society as a whole. All that is left is doom. We happily dig our own graves.

Hang on!

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Maine Conservation Bond Issue: Stop Whining For Crying Out Loud

There is a proposal in the Maine Legislature to issue a bond to buy land for conservation. This proposal (only a proposal) is LD911. If this proposal passes the Legislature (two-thirds of BOTH Houses) it will then go before the VOTERS in the following November general election. There is nothing new here. This is the legislative procedure for ALL bond issuance elections.

Because there are whiners who hate hunting, trapping, and fishing, they take issue with this bond claiming it usurps local control, along with bitching and complaining that hunters and trappers are the most vocal groups in the state and always get what they want, blah, blah, blah.

The writer of the piece linked to above claims that the wording of the proposed bond issue is deliberately misleading the public by not telling voters that if the Land For Maine’s Future buys land to protect and conserve, the land will have to be open to the public for all access, including hunting, trapping, fishing.

The wording of the proposed bond issue (which can be changed during the Legislative debate process) is as follows: “Do you favor a $95,000,000 bond issue to invest in state parks and historic sites, land conservation, water access, wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation opportunities, including hunting and fishing, farmlands and working waterfronts to be matched by at least $75,000,000 in private and public contributions?” (emboldening added)

It’s not as though the emboldened words were not included in the bond proposal. However, any whiner could object to this bond being used “unfairly” for state parks, historic sites, water access and any other State of Maine requirement stated in law. Sometimes we have to be grownups and deal with such things as sharing the land and not opening it up to preferred ideological uses.

I fail to see how there is any attempt at concealing from the public that public money used to buy public lands is open to hunting, trapping, and fishing…along with a myriad of other uses (no complaints about that?)

There is a process in place and the issuance of bonds is no new thing. Nothing is hidden, and in this case, LD 911 is rightly available for any voter to read…all the “fine print” that to the writer of the commentary seems to be misleading or hiding information from the public.

Or maybe the writer is hoping all readers will just believe his words and not bother to go read the entire proposal (It takes about 10 minutes if you are slow reader like me.)

Because, if you go read the proposed bond wording you’ll discover such things as, “Hunting, fishing, trapping and public access may not be prohibited on land acquired with bond proceeds, except to the extent of applicable state, local or federal laws, rules and regulations…” (emboldening added)

Oh, oops! Seems that local governments do have rights and some control as it may pertain to “dodging bullets.” But, there is no more local control than a voter going to the polls and actually casting a ballot that would, as a democratic collective, decide whether any purchase of public land MIGHT negatively affect them. You love your democracy, now live with it!

State law requires that when, through Land for Maine’s Future purchases, certain percentages of that money and purchase must be used for such things as protecting working waterfronts, protecting farmland, and public access to water, among others. The writer also forgot to tell his readers that in this particular bond issue the state MUST give preferential treatment to the purchase of deer wintering habitat to protect deer. Listening to the writer one would think that this money was only going to be used so hunters can kill more deer.

Like with any election and voting process, the onus of knowing what you are voting on should fall into the lap of the voter. As I said, nothing is completely hidden and anyone who actually cares will read the “fine print” and make their decisions on that and not on some anti-hunting activist.

Now that you have heard the truth of the issue and have been given a link to the bond proposal to read, you now have to decide whether it is a good thing to give the state more land to control, thus controlling you, while removing that land from the tax rolls and placing a larger burden of taxes on you the voter.

Think about that one for awhile.

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Beware: World’s Moose “Experts” to Descend Upon Maine

According to the Bangor Daily News, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is playing host to a bunch of self-proclaimed (?) (or at least proclaimed by the BDN) moose experts from around the world. One has to wonder what kind of scientismic Romance Biology will be spread throughout the echo chambers. There’s one thing about scientism; the ignorant, which most often includes the “experts” don’t know what’s truth and what is fiction.

The BDN brags that the 75 to 100 “experts,” “…will include experts with decades of experience in moose management and research.” I wonder how many of these “experts” promote Climate Change as the main cause of dwindling moose populations in many areas of the world? Most can’t, or won’t make the correlation that with a world population of wolves and other protected large predators, the moose population is in trouble. Nothing to see here. Please move on. We have more Climate Change information to lie about.

And how many of these “experts” believe that it is also Climate Change that is causing the infestation of winter ticks, now found to be a leading cause of moose mortality in Maine?

This group of “moose experts” will get together and will be reported by the press as something remarkable. Scientism at work with the science of moose – one lies and another swears to it.

But wait! There’s more. There will be an open-to-the-public question and answer session where you can ask such profound questions as: “How much longer before we are all gonna die from Climate Change?” And, “Do the moose have any hope of survival as long as evil hunters kill moose and contribute to global warming by farting while in the woods?”

The “public” is as ignorant about moose as those who promote the lies. The media echo chambers simply repeat the nonsense and then they show up at these meetings impressing everyone in attendance with their vast knowledge of propagandized fairy tales.

Yessiree boy! And I wonder how much this event is costing the MDIFW to put on? Looks like we’ll be in for another round of license fee hikes to cover the propaganda shows and spread of scientism.

Oh, to be such a downer. Sorry, I just can’t stop exposing the truth about all this malarky.

And where is this forum going to be held where gobs of people can attend? You guessed it. Out in the middle of nowhere at Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Resort. Perhaps one of the six people who attend will be asking about Climate Change.

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Maine: More Moose Permits, Fewer Deer Permits

According to the Portland Press Herald, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW), with approval from the Wildlife Advisory Council, is going to increase the number of moose permits up to 2,820, up from 2,500 last year. No reason for the increase was given in the article.

It would seem that MDIFW is heading in the right direction, in tiny increments, in issuing more moose permits to further mitigate the winter tick problem…if that is the real reason for increasing the moose permits by 320 permits.

It appears that MDIFW is planning to reduce the number of “Any-Deer Permits” (ADP) after a record number of 84,745 permits were issued (recklessly) last year.

According to the article, MDIFW head deer biologist, Nathan Bieber, stated that for the first time in over a decade, the department exceeded their doe-harvest objectives – 9,659 does tagged, objective was 8,959.

The question has never been honestly answered as to why doe harvest objectives were not being reached. In an attempt to convince somebody as to why this year the objective was reached, the news article states: “There were three rainy weekend days during the fall hunt last season, making for poor hunting conditions on days most hunters go out. As a result, many hunters who were unable to harvest a buck earlier in the season took advantage of their any-deer tags so they didn’t go home empty handed.”

Seriously? I’m not even sure I want to respond to this. I guess when you don’t have a clue one excuse is as good as another. It may be true, it may not. Am I being unrealistic to expect that in order to responsibly manage deer a manager should have a good handle on the demographics of what’s taking place and why they can’t seem to meet doe-harvest objectives without some kind of weather phenomenon?

At least one thing was accomplished last deer season even if it was at the peril of the deer herd. MDIFW was able to get the total deer harvest up to a number that exceeds abysmal. Keep pumping out those ADPs and in time MDIFW won’t need a head deer biologist.

Help Wanted: MDIFW is looking for a head piping plover biologist. No experience necessary.

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Climate Change: The Sky Is Falling…Again

In case you hadn’t figured it out…yet…Climate Change is a Left vs. Right thing. Why is that? Well, you see…er…um…actually never mind.

But, here we go again. One more time someone takes the time to show anyone interested that Climate Change, as sold to a gullible, brainless, society, makes no sense.

What isn’t discussed, because you’d be labeled a member of the tinfoil hat club, is that Climate Change is the excuse the government wants to destroy/control whomever they wish.

Let’s back up a moment. The question might be how did this society get to a point where they insist on believing in the theory of Climate Change (as presented by the government et. al.)? A society must be prepped in order that they accept this premise regardless of whether or not the proposed results are actually achievable.

Through careful planning, an entity, such as the American Government which already wields extraordinary power over a people, when presenting a theory of global warming, must first begin by blaming this event on the people. This is the guilt factor.

Once established, and believed/accepted, that because we live in a modern era, we are causing global warming, we are then shamed for our behavior.

With guilt and shame in full destructive mode, it is a snap to instill fear in everyone. With a scared society, anything is possible.

Now that our society is scared of the effects of Climate Change, riddled with guilt and shame because it is our fault, we are primed to accept virtually anything as being the result of Climate Change. And here we are!

In the article linked to above, we see an example of how Climate Change has lowered the water level of the Great Lakes, followed by how Climate Change has caused the water level in the Great Lakes to rise – an example of the irrational fear that pervades this society.

Why might the government, or perhaps more accurately the Global Power Structure, insist on Climate Change? All that is ever discussed, but on a limited basis, is that the government pushes Climate Change for money. Government makes no bones about the fact they want to tax carbon – something the government has convinced us is a major cause of Climate Change. They also will need to tax everyone more money to fight Climate Change, much in the same way as we have been taxed for decades to fight poverty, education, drugs, etc. (How are those wars going?)

What is not discussed is how technology has become a cause, not a cure, of this so-called war on Climate Change.

I remember when Secretary of Defense, William Cohen, under Bill Clinton, told a joint session of Congress, back in the 1990s, that the United States has the technology to manipulate the weather/climate. This, of course, was related to the use of such technology as a weapon of war.

Where do you suppose this technology is some 25 years later?

If you might agree that our government is corrupt and capable of many sinister acts to punish and control the people (please go read historic accounts), doesn’t it make some sense that if they were to perpetuate Climate Change and blame every weather phenomenon on man-caused (guilt, shame, fear) Climate Change, it would give them a great cover for when they use technology against us?

If any kind of Climate Change exists, it is the government-caused weather manipulations foisted on a fearful society willing to do what they can in order to abate the guilt and shame of their acts of how they live.

And on it goes!

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Open Thread – 22nd Day, 5th Month, 2019, 7th Millennium

If You Build It, They Won’t Come?

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SAM’s Compromise Gun Bill That Isn’t a Compromise That is a Compromise

Nonsense is coming from David Trahan in a notice sent to Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine members that although he is working on a compromise to a proposed “Red Flag” gun control bill that will determine whether somebody ought to be denied access to guns because of someone else’s perspectives on their behavior, he is not compromising our rights given in the Second Amendment. The bill is question is LD 1312.

In his notice sent to members, Trahan says that he has been working with Governor Mills administration to “…determine whether there was a way we could improve Maine law to better identify individuals in crisis and honor our individual liberties as it relates to due process and the constitution.”

Perhaps the best way to “improve” Maine’s law in regards to making a determination as to whether a person is in “crisis” is to stop pretending to act like a god. Whether a person is in “crisis” becomes a value-weighted determination based upon somebody’s perception determined by perverted, post-normal societal values. What could possibly go wrong. When somebody, living in La La Land thinks that a “LAW” can be created or amended that would “honor our individual liberties”, etc, reveals the ignorance of what freedom is all about. Any LAW is a direct restriction on any and all freedoms and cannot coexist with thoughts of “honoring” individual liberties.

Trahan somehow finds comfort to know other false gun rights groups have joined in the discussion to further restrict and water down gun rights.

Trahan assures members his efforts at a “compromise” is not a compromise to a “Red Flag Law.” What’s the difference. Anyone wishing to compromise any portion of the Second Amendment is not a friend of the rights of any individual.

The executive director of SAM is asking members to trust him: “…that your leaders are protecting firearm owner’s rights and your best interests,” and that when he is finished with his compromise that isn’t a compromise, “Maine people will be pleased.”

I have little confidence that he or any others working to compromise my gun rights away are looking out for my best interest. To think that any person or group of persons can equitably determine whether another person is in “crisis” and do it in any fashion that is within the scope of a person’s rights, not just gun rights, is unrealistic and fanciful thinking. It is, perhaps, the greatest tragedy of a person’s rights when others, equipped with political and personal ideologies, attempts to determine the condition in which another person is capable of exercising rights or should be removed from the normal activities of society.

Who in the hell do we think we have become?

Is it that we now believe that employing the evils of democracy we can, while instituting our own twisted, post-normal societal values, determine the fate of others while claiming we are protecting our rights?

Geez!

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Open Thread – 20th Day, 5th Month, 2019, 7th Millennium

Leading a Full Life

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Open Thread – 17th Day, 5th Month, 2019, 7th Millennium

Who’s In Control? And in DARK Places

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