Friday is family day Open Thread

It’s been another all family, all the time day.  Here are three interesting links, and then it’s Open Thread time:

What’s going on with the GSA and the Secret Service reflects a failure of leadership.

Are people buying guns because they’re afraid?

And Pelosi says we don’t need no stinking First Amendment.

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  • bkivey

    Re: Nancy Pelosi attacking the First Amendment. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Maryland) is extensively quoted in her support for the reversal of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
    From Rep. Edwards official website biography:
    “Just prior to serving in Congress, she was the executive director of the Arca Foundation in Washington, DC. During her time at Arca, she gained national prominence in her efforts to:
    • Ensure the independence of the federal judiciary.”
    Except, I suppose, when she doesn’t agree with it.

  • Tonestaple

    “…the Supreme Court had unleashed a predator that was oozing slime into the political system.”

    Since when did any Democrat object to President Obama’s campaign contribution bundlers?

  • MacG

    OK then.

    1) Disallow free speech of evil corporations.  Check.

    2) Redefine Republicans as “Corporations”.  Checklo.

    3) Redefine Christians as “Corporations”. Well jsut those pesky born again ones…for now.  Checkloslovikia.


    I cut and pasted the entire article (in case it disappears along with the ammunition). I have more than a couple of questions. I did a Mapquest of the route and found it virtually impossible to get lost and I am not a long distance trucker. Border Patrol did not check the contents. Why? And WHY is this not front page news. Am I that paranoid that this stinks to high hell.

    Driver took wrong turn into Juárez with load of ammo
    by Alejandro Martínez-Cabrera \ El Paso Posted: 04/19/2012 12:00:00 AM

    The U.S. truck driver detained by Mexican authorities Tuesday with 268,000 rounds of ammunition was transporting a legal cargo to Phoenix but mistakenly exited to Juárez, the man’s employer said on Wednesday. Dennis Mekenye, owner of Demco Transportation Inc. in Arlington, Texas, said Bogan Jabin Akeem, 27, left Dallas on Monday with a trailer with nine pallets containing the ammunition. 

    Ammunition seizure in Juárez, U.S. trucker arrested The cargo was being taken from Tennessee to an ammunition retailer in Phoenix called United Nations Ammo Co. as part of a legitimate transaction, Mekenye said. Akeem made a stop in El Paso and, before driving the last stretch toward Phoenix, he accidentally took a wrong turn toward the international Bridge of the Americas, his boss said. “It was a mistake for him to take a wrong turn and find himself in Mexican soil,” Mekenye said. “He missed the exit, and he went south. He asked one cop there, ‘I missed my exit, how can I turn around?’ ” Mekenye said Akeem could not turn the vehicle around at the bridge and had to continue into Mexico.

    Coming back Mexican authorities told him they had to inspect his vehicle. Mekenye said he didn’t know whether Akeem declared he was transporting ammunition or whether Mexican authorities discovered the cargo upon inspection. “It was a legitimate movement from Tennessee to Phoenix,” said Mekenye, who also said that his company does not ship to Mexico and that he has never been investigated for shipping contraband. The owner of United Nations Ammo in Phoenix, who identified himself only as “Howie,” said he was expecting Akeem to arrive Tuesday night to offload the cargo Wednesday morning. “All the media was calling it cartel ammo, but we paid for that ammo, it’s really our property. In no way whatsoever was that ammunition ever supposed to go to Mexico,” he said. “We ordered this ammunition, and it’s ammunition meant to be sold in the United States of America for legal hobbyists, legal shooters and legal enthusiasts.” The cargo had a value of $100,000, he said. “It’s a tremendous shipment we paid for,” he said. “We’re hoping they will release the man and our property so it can be delivered to us.” Howie declined to comment on how large the order of ammunition rounds was compared with previous ones.

    Federal officials did not respond to calls seeking comment on Mekenye’s version of the events. Akeem was arrested Tuesday evening by Mexican federal authorities and will remain in custody until a court determines whether a criminal case will go forward. Mexican authorities have 48 hours to decide whether they will continue with an investigation. José Angel Torres Valadez, spokesman in the Northern region for Mexico’s General Attorney’s Office, or PGR, said he could not share any details until the 48-hour period has passed but said it is possible that Akeem will be taken to Mexico City to continue the investigation. Akeem was driving a tractor-trailer with Texas plates and the logo “McKinney Trailer Rentals.” A spokesman with McKinney confirmed that Mekenye’s company has been a McKinney client for several years. The bullets were being transported inside metal boxes. Sources said the ammunition is of the type used for AK-47 and AR-15 rifles. The rifles are often used by members of Mexican criminal organizations. The bullets are legal to buy in the United States, but the ammunition is banned in Mexico, which considers those types of rifles and bullets only for military use. The seizure was one of the largest made by Mexican authorities in Juárez since a vicious drug-cartel war that has killed more than 9,500 people erupted four years ago. Mekenye said he has been in touch with the U.S. Consulate in Juárez, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Department of Homeland Security. Olga Bashbush, spokeswoman for the U.S. Consulate in Juárez, confirmed that Akeem was a U.S. citizen and said consular officials met with him Tuesday. Representatives of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives did not return calls seeking comment.

    Mekenye said that Akeem had been his employee for more than two years. A criminal background check showed Akeem did not appear to have any previous convictions or run-ins with the law. 

  • JKB

    I’ve been trying to figure out how to put together a trauma kit for when I’m working out on my property, alone.  No biggie, mostly to control bleeding if the chainsaw or other turns on me.  The array of bandages always seemed to complicated.  

    Recently, I was introduced to the Emergency Bandage, dubbed the Israeli Bandage by US troops.  Invented by an IDF medic, this thing is one stop shopping for stopping bleeding with unique add-ons.  

    The Emergency Bandage (aka The Israeli Bandage) – YouTube 

    I now feel, I can self treat a pretty serious bleed before the blood loss gets me.  And while I have cell coverage at my place, a half hour or so is a long time to bleed waiting for the paramedics.  This will be even more critical at my brothers were there isn’t cell coverage and any injury is going to require you to walk/crawl back to the house, not to mention the longer wait for emergency services.

    Now this isn’t the only think I’m putting in my kit to keep on me but it sure simplifies things for the big threat.

    This is a product of Israel, so the haters will just have to do without but I wonder how many of the enemy in Iraq and Afghanistan owe their life to this invention of Israel.

  • Ymarsakar

    The US Constitution is the reason why the US exists as a nation, a united front or organization for the mutual benefit of the people in America. When you have allowed the Left to destroy the US Constitution… do not be so quick to believe that you can wash your hands of the consequences.

  • Jose
  • Bookworm

    bkivey:  A spot of hypocrisy has never bothered Democrats.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to bother around 50% of the American population either.

    Tonestaple:  It’s only oozy if it comes from the Koch brothers.  Really, you have to stick with the Democrat line to understand all these nuances!  :0

    MacG:  Yes, it’s as easy as 1-2-3.  And like a magic act, at “3,” presto-chango, we look just like Greece, with a nice dollop of Cuba thrown in.

    Sadie:  Hey, some people have really bad senses of direction.  And don’t the GPS’s all warn that they’re not entirely reliable?  (I’m a lawyer, so I can spin anything, no matter how bad the stench.)

    JKB:  I was mesmerized by that Israeli Bandage video.  That is definitely something worth having around the house and, here in California, in the earthquake supply box.  I hope that you never need to use it, just as I hope that, when I remember to order one, I never need to use it either.

    Jose:  I think I should order that QuickClot too.  Wars (or, in Israel’s case, perpetual siege) certainly bring about significant advances in medical care.

    Ymarsakar:  We’re fighting the good fight at this blog.  Everyone:  send my posts to your friends or tweet them, or link them on Facebook.  Right now., as John Stossel says, we need to change people’s mindsets through education.  (And yes, I was shilling my blog right there.)


  • JKB

    Jose, I considered QuickClot but the cost and keeping it current seemed to add a complexity.  I may go that way in the future.  I’m trying to put together something that will still work if I neglect to keep it current.

    Book, I too hope I’m over prepping.  And also why I’m sticking with less specialized supplies.

    I just bought chainsaw chaps.  It’s odd how you debate safety gear but at $75 they are less than a bandage for even a minor cut if I had to go to a hospital or clinic.