From around the blogroll: Karmic justice edition

Remember how The Journal News in Westchester, New York, deciding to publish, with an interactive map, all of the residences in Westchester and Rockland Counties where someone in the home has a pistol permit holders? William Teach has this amusing bit of karmic justice!

Guns Are Good For Journal News But Not For Those Whose Addresses They Published

January 2, 2013 – 6:34 am

If you’ll remember, The Journal News published a Google map containing the names and addresses of those in 2 NY counties who have handgun permits. This was purely done in an attempt to shame and expose those who expressed their 2nd Amendment rights. Of course, what it did was tell criminals which homes they should not rob, namely those with guns. But, what about The Journal News itself?

(Rockland County Times) Guns are good for the goose but NOT for the gander.

A Clarkstown police report issued on December 28, 2012, confirmed that The Journal News has hired armed security guards from New City-based RGA Investigations and that they are manning the newspaper’s Rockland County headquarters at 1 Crosfield Ave., West Nyack, through at least tomorrow, Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

According to police reports on public record, Journal News Rockland Editor Caryn A. McBride was alarmed by the volume of “negative correspondence,” namely an avalanche of phone calls and emails to the Journal News office, following the newspaper’s publishing of a map of all pistol permit holders in Rockland and Westchester.

Due to apparent safety concerns, the newspaper then decided to hire RGA Investigations to provide armed personnel to man the location.

There you go. She was concerned with safety, so she hired people packing guns. Which is the primary reason law abiding citizens obtain a handgun permit and purchase a handgun, for safety.

More at the link. The Goose an Gander sauce picture is not from Mr Teach’s original. But it’s just more of what we’ve come to expect from our friends on the left: the rules they want to apply to others shouldn’t actually apply to themselves! I don’t see why they don’t just post some “Gun Free Newspaper Zone” signs on the streets approaching their building, knowing, of course, that such things would absotively, posilutely stop cold anyone who had any intentions of actually harming them!

Karen, the Lonely Conservative, normally writes short articles, primarily around news blurbs. She’s stepped outside of her usual pattern with a much longer original piece:

Hey Dummies, Obama Is Everything You Hated About Bush On Steroids!

At this point I just have to laugh when I see the polls. President Obama has higher ratings than George W. Bush, even though most Americans see the best of times behind us. Thanks to the media there’s been a national disconnect with reality. Bush had his faults, don’t get me wrong, but all of those faults Obama doubled down on, with nary a peep from the press.

Big spending? Well, Obama has certainly trumped that. Over six trillion has been added to the national debt in the past four years. He’s light years ahead of Bush and he hasn’t even begun his second term. War? Obama loves war. We’ve lost more Americans under his “leadership” in Afghanistan than we did under Bush, but again, the media is oddly silent. At least Bush didn’t lead from behind or from a position of weakness. Weakness is Obama’s trademark. Why else would douchebags in Yemen be threatening our ambassador’s life? Because they know they can, that’s why! Oh, except for the way Obama uses drones as his own little video game system, where he blows up terrorists rather than capture and interrogate them. Drones are also being used here at home, but we aren’t hearing too much about that.

A lot more at the link.

Patterico noted that Vice President Joe Biden promised the American people:

The middle class will pay less, and people making a million dollars or more will begin to contribute slightly more. Let me give you one concrete example: the continuation of the Bush tax cuts. We’re arguing that the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy should be allowed to expire. Of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, 800 million — billion dollars of that goes to people making a minimum of a million dollars.

Patterico then noted that it was Vice President Biden who negotiated the $400,000/$450,000 threshold for the higher marginal tax rates, and he started from a lower figure. Your Editor thinks that it’s karmic justice for those people earning between $400,000/$450,000 and a million bucks who voted for President Obama and Vice President Biden to be facing higher taxes. We told everybody that the President was lying through his scummy teeth, and we were right all along.

From Donald Douglas:

Social Justice and the Constitution

From Douglas Gibbs, at Canada Free Press:

Barack Obama won the election of 2012 with a number of strategies in place, and the one that made the largest impact was his offer of the federal government as the giver of gifts from the treasury, at the expense of the producers in society. In other words, the redistribution of wealth. The liberal left calls this Social Justice. The Founding Fathers called it despotic and unconstitutional. Today’s conservatives call it communism.

Enough voters, however, have bought into the lie that only government must be the guarantor of social justice.

The concept of Social Justice begins with the claim that the government is simply seeking to achieve “fairness.” In this pursuit, the Democrats cry out that those with more must “pay their fair share” in order for the “less fortunate” to achieve equity in our unfair society. Equality and fairness. Sounds good to most. A tool used by the statists to achieve their big government aims, Social Justice is a myriad of entitlement programs we are told were designed to ensure those that are underprivileged are taken care of by government.

Social Justice is argued as being the responsibility of the government for reasons of morality. To not support social justice is to be immoral because that must mean you want the potential recipients of entitlement programs to suffer in their poverty. In reality, the statists are paying the poor to remain poor, not only to buy their votes, but to keep them under the control of the government.

More at the link. Dr Douglas asks, concerning the “general welfare” statement in the Preamble to our Constitution:

Should the “general welfare” be defined as promoting greater liberty for the individual to pursue material economic interests to the best of his or her ability, with the aggregate of those interests promoting the public good through increasing social prosperity? Or should the “general welfare” be defined as promoting ever increasing (re)distributive “welfare” programs as defined by the radical left’s entitlement ideology? As it stands right now, the latter definition is winning (and liberty is increasingly threatened).

It seems to your Editor that there is a difference in the Preamble, in which the Constitution is established to “provide for the common defense, (and) promote the general welfare,” as opposed to “provide the general welfare,” and that ought to make a difference, but it seems that it does not.

But, for the poor Obama voter, reality really does bite: they have chosen to protect a lifestyle of poverty, as long as the government continues to provide just barely enough to enable them to survive, as opposed to providing the opportunity for them to escape poverty, and join the working class. They voted for welfare, and welfare is what they have gotten. Karmic justice indeed!

9 Comments

  1. The Journal-News identified the homes where criminals in search of weapons can find them. After making sure no one is home, crooks know there’s a gun inside (unless the owner has a CC permit).

    The JN just might be responsible for putting hundreds of guns in the hands of dangerous criminals. Breaking and entering specialists now have a long and accurate list of targets, thanks to the self-righteous liberal do-gooders at the JN.

    Everyone on the JN’s list that suffers a B&E should sue the editor and publisher for damages.

  2. The initial reports on the Sandy Hook school shooing identified the weapons used as handguns and possibly a shotgun, with a .223 Bushmaster found in Lanza’s car. Later the Medical Examiner said the victims were shot with the .223 carbine and Lanza used a handgun to kill himself.

    There never should have been any confusion, the spent shell casings alone would have conclusively proven which weapons was used.

    So far, we’re short on facts and long on knee-jerks.

  3. Sometimes I really don’t understand the bent mind of a liberal. They don’t like guns, gun ownership , the Second Ammendment and every rifle that looks threatening is now an “assault weapon”. So the Journal-News goes out and publishes a list of the names and addresses of gun owners I imagine in an attempt to somehow embarrass them.

    The result is a flood of people applying for and buying more guns because they don’t want not to be on the list. They became targets, soft targets at that. How about abused women, fearing an ex-husband, ex-boyfriend or some stalker? Putting her name on that list just told her hunters exactly where she is. Or perhaps ex-law enforcement who have a lot of people who would love to “get them back”?

    What on earth goes through these crazy liberal minds? One thing is for sure. Gun makers and gun shops all over the area thank them. And we honest gun owners thank them for increasing our ranks and that of the NRA. Forward!

  4. The following excerpt is from FoxNews.com 1/4/13.

    Inmates using newspaper’s gun owner map to threaten guards, sheriff says

    …Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco, who spoke at a news conference flanked by other county officials, said the Journal News’ decision to post an online map of names and addresses of handgun owners Dec. 23 has put law enforcement officers in danger.

    “They have inmates coming up to them and telling them exactly where they live. That’s not acceptable to me,” Falco said, according to Newsday.

    Robert Riley, an officer with the White Plains Police Department and president of its Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, agreed.

    “You have guys who work in New York City who live up here. Now their names and addresses are out there, too,” he said adding that there are 8,000 active and retired NYPD officers currently living in Rockland County…

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/04/law-enforcement-latest-critics-on-public-display-gun-owner-data-officers/print#ixzz2H6tongTM

  5. Here’s an excerpt from FoxNews.com from an article by Jana Winter, 1/4/13.

    Ex-Burglars Say Newspaper’s Gun Map Would’ve Made the Job Easier, Safer

    Newspaper sparks outrage over gun owner map Reformed crooks say the New York newspaper that published a map of names and addresses of gun owners did a great service – to their old cronies in the burglary trade.

    The information published online by the Journal-News, a daily paper serving the New York suburbs of Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, could be highly useful to thieves in two ways, former burglars told FoxNews.com. Crooks looking to avoid getting shot now know which targets are soft and those who need weapons know where they can steal them.

    “Having a list of who has a gun is like gold – why rob that house when you can hit the one next door, where there are no guns?”
    - Walter T. Shaw, former burglar and jewel thief

    “That was the most asinine article I’ve ever seen,” said Walter T. Shaw, 65, a former burglar and jewel thief who the FBI blames for more than 3,000 break-ins that netted some $70 million in the 1960s and 1970s. “Having a list of who has a gun is like gold – why rob that house when you can hit the one next door, where there are no guns?

    “What they did was insanity,” added Shaw, author of “License to Steal,” a book about his criminal career…

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/04/ex-burglars-say-newspapers-gun-map-wouldve-made-job-easier-safer/#ixzz2H8BEemNR

  6. Here’s an update (dated 1/4/13 by Dylan Skriloff) on how the rush to print the names and addresses of gun owers by the Journal News has resulted in not only outrage, but also in gross inaccuray on the order of about 25%. And the JN knew the information was innacurate before they published it against the pleas of the County Clerk.

    FAIL of the Day—-Twenty-five Percent of the Journal News’ Rockland County Gun-Map not Accurate

    Rockland County Clerk Paul Piperato pleaded with the Journal News editorial board not to publish the largely inaccurate database of pistol permit holders’ addresses

    The intentions of the Journal News’ editorial board in publishing a highly controversial “interactive gun map” are further occluded by an inconvenient fact.

    According to Rockland County Clerk Paul Piperato, in Rockland County a large number of the names and addresses on the map are not even correct.

    Piperato said, “I’d figure about 25 percent of the addresses are not accurate.”

    He explained that when persons change their address or pass away it is supposed to be reported to the County Clerk’s office, but the county has no means to vigorously enforce this regulation. Thus pistol permit and other permit registries are not reliably accurate as a source of addresses in Rockland.

    The Journal News editorial board’s justification for the interactive map has been that it shows where potentially dangerous guns are in the neighborhood, yet they have been aware all along that the map is grossly inaccurate. Rockland residents have reported that the information on the gun map is sometimes more than 20 years outdated.

    Clerk Lambastes Newspaper

    At a press conference Piperato lambasted the Journal News for their publication of the map. He said, “This is no way to sell newspapers. I want to demand the Journal News get that map and that list off their website.”

  7. That interactive map is guaranteed to get women and children murdered. It’s obvious by the newspaper editorial board’s complete disregard for the safety of the area’s women and children that they’re more than willing to see the number of dead children rise dramatically just so they can prove a point. And what is their point? I’m not sure. It’s covered under their hats.

    Yes, criminals will target the wives and young children of law enforcement and incarceration officers living in the area for violence and terroristic threatening as a way to force the law enforcement officers to break the law for them. And the ones who don’t break the law face the loss of the lives of their family, or family break-ups as their spouses do what they need to do to protect themselves from the criminal element unleashed upon them by the Leftist newspaper.

    Perry H should be proud of what his ilk has unleashed on innocent women and children!

  8. I haven’t looked, but I bet it’s a map of Texas all colored in. I expect if you walk down a street in a Texas town and point at a house, you’ll be pointing at a house with an unlocked, fully loaded gun inside.

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