Thursday, April 28, 2011

On The Subject of Justifiable Shootings

(See the previous story about Minnesota Public Radio's hissy fit regarding self-defense.) Palm Bay shooting ruled self-defense - Orlando Sentinel
A Sunday afternoon shooting in Palm Bay has been ruled self-defense and it is the shooting victim who will face charges, police said today.
The guy who got shot was there to "see" his ex-girlfriend, and he forced his way into a home where he was not welcome and not wanted.

The guy who got shot "is currently on federal probation for drug-related charges."

So a known felon forces his way into your home. What do you do?

I wonder if Palm Bay gave this case the "20 hours" that Minnesota Public Radio thinks is required. Once all the players have been identified, I think it would take about 15 minutes to decide this is justified. (Or less.)

Oh, and the guy who got shot...
[He] is in stable condition and once he is released from a local hospital he will face charges of kidnapping, burglary and battery, [a police spokeswoman] said.
Or maybe the homeowner should have retreated and left to woman to discuss things with her violent ex? Or maybe not.

Here's A Shocker - Public Radio Doesn't Like Self-defense

Minnesota Public Radio has a screed about "Stand Your Ground." It has been proposed in Minnesota and they don't like it. Bill would encourage citizens to shoot first, even when they could walk away instead | Commentary | Minnesota Public Radio News

Any sane person will walk away if that is possible, but the "duty to retreat" is often used to prosecute people who truly didn't think they could run away. (Do you really think you are going to "walk" away from a rapist, mugger, or whatever flavor of monster you dealing with?)

Since they love to bash Florida, lets take a look at what they have to say about the Sunshine state.
A clear result of the Shoot First law in Florida is wide disparity in the way cases are handled by different police departments. In some shooting cases, there was no investigation at all, while in others, detectives investigated for up to 20 hours.
Despite their insinuation to contrary, justifiable homicides are pretty rare in Florida. In some cases, it is clearly self defense. (Several yahoos break into your home in the middle of the night, and that kind of thing versus a more questionable shooting.) So some shootings will be investigated, and some are clearly justified. They seem to think that the personnel in Florida Law Enforcement should waste time on clearly justifiable shootings just so everyone gets their "20 hours" of fame. Or whatever.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

So You Want to Investigate Who Is Causing High Oil Prices?

You shouldn't have to look too far outside the beltway. Oil trades higher after Fed statement Futures Movers - MarketWatch
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Crude-oil futures rose Wednesday after the U.S. Federal Reserve signaled no change in its monetary policy, said the spike in inflation will be temporary and that the economic recovery is proceeding at a moderate pace.

Prices earlier had turned lower after a government report showed a larger-than-expected increase in inventories and the U.S. dollar rose.
Between them, the Fed and the Treasury are responsible for a fair portion of the increase in price. You can look for scapegoats in New York if you like, but the truth is a big part of the problem in our government.

Here is a look at what our "fiscal policy" is doing to our purchasing power.

In a word, our purchasing power is being decimated.

It isn't rocket science. If your dollars are worth less and less, then you need more of them to buy a barrel of oil or an ounce of gold or a microwave from Korea.

More Cracks in the EU

It isn't only a financial crisis. It is political as well. European Press Review: Is Border Despute a Betrayal of EU Values? - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
Rome's recent decision to grant temporary residence permits to migrants from North Africa, allowing them to travel within the Schengen area, has pushed Paris to restore border controls with Italy to block those attempting to join friends or parents in France, sparking a diplomatic mini-crisis that French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi are trying to defuse.
Good luck with that.

There was one very interesting statement from a French paper (La Tribune) that I found interesting.
The arrival of illegal migrants penalizes the societies that have to absorb them, starting with those immigrants who have already obtained legal status.
So what is the European position on illegals entering the US I wonder.

A European Tea Party? Well Maybe.

The political elites of Europe are shaking in their boots today. Brussels' Fear of the True Finns: Rise of Populist Parties Pushes Europe to the Right - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

It isn't just Finland, where the True Finns 20% could mean that the government can't vote for the bailout of the PIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Spain). Populations in other countries are a bit put out as well.
There was already criticism of the euro in Germany, mainly from the political right, before the European single currency replaced the deutschmark in citizens' pocketbooks. But Schäffler wants nothing to do with that line of argument. His criticism of the euro and the government's crisis management stems from classic liberal convictions about the constitutional state and democracy. He wants the German parliament, the Bundestag, to be making decisions about government finances, and he cites the European treaties that forbid an EU member from taking on the debts of other countries.
Of course the bailouts have exactly the oppoiste with the German government devoting 2/3rds of its tax revenue to fix problems in other countries.

Is it the end of the Euro and the EU? Probably not, but I doubt that it will be business as usual either.

Monday, April 25, 2011

USA Today Doesn't Like Gun Rights

What a shocker. A newspaper doesn't like the Second Amendment. Our view: Gun laws are taking a radical turn - USATODAY.com

This is one long screed about how the anti-gunners are losing and gun rights are spreading. And the folks at USA Today, don't like it.

But the sophistry is apparent in the following excerpt.
In its one major foray into Congress recently, gun extremists fell just two votes shy in the U.S. Senate on a 2009 bill that would have forced any state to recognize a carry permit issued by any other state. That measure — a monumental infringement on states rights and local governance, to say the least — would have forced urbanized states dealing with gangs, drug lords and other violent criminals to essentially adopt gun rights deemed appropriate in more rural states.
So Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Miami, Tampa, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Seattle and Denver (and others) all apparently exist in "more rural states" that don't have problems you associate with cities.

Is it just me, or does that paragraph I cite read like it was written by a New Yorker? (You know, one of the people who can't be bothered by fly-over country.)

Friday, April 22, 2011

French Cops Want Their Wine

French riot police threaten to strike over alcohol ban - Telegraph Oh the difference a continent makes when it comes to alcohol consumption.
the French have traditionally been allowed 25cl of wine or a small beer with their main meal of the day.

It was normally served on an official tray and sometimes eaten in full view of the public, often outside riot-control vans.
Bon Appetit. (Or maybe that should be Bonne Chance.)

I just have a hard time picturing a riot-control cop, taking time out of his day to set up lunch next to the van, and have a glass of wine. I mean, if they are out in the van, and not back at the barn, doesn't that imply there is a "situation?"

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I'm Sure in the Minds of the Gun-fearing Weenies, This Was All the Fault of the Gun

Teenager Seath Jackson Brutally Murdered by Five Others Near Ocala - Miami News - Riptide 2.0

Five monsters kill a 15-year-old kid, and burn his body in the backyard fire-pit. The step-father of two of the goblins helps dispose of the remains.

It isn't clear why they hated him so much. It is clear what they did.

First, they lured him to a home with a phone call and bunch of text messages.
Three young men were waiting for him instead, and they began beating Jackson with wooden objects. Bargo shot Jackson multiple times with a rifle. When Jackson tried to flee, Soto held him down while Bargo continued to shoot.

They then put Jackson in a bathtub and tired to break his kneecaps so they could stuff him into a sleeping bag. Once they noticed Jackson was still alive, they shot him again.

After successfully stuffing the body into the sleeping bag, they tossed it into a back-yard fire pit that had been lit before Jackson arrived.
They then shoveled the remains into five-gallon buckets for disposal.

Of course this was all the fault of the gun. Not the monsters. Or the "wooden objects." (So were they baseball bats, cricket bats, or 2X4s? And does it matter?) Maybe it was the fault of easy-access to backyard fire-pits. Or firewood. But in the minds of so many, it could not be possible that the 5 miscreants involved were, in fact, to blame. Good thing that isn't how the Florida courts look at it. (One of the goblins was told by a judge that he could face the death penalty.)

In the end, this looks more like a typical domestic violence episode, than anything else. Except insane boyfriends don't usually rope in so many accomplices to their insanity.
Investigators are still trying to determine the exact motive and what would lead to such a brutal crime. Meanwhile, friends of victim stopped by a make-shift memorial in front of the home where he was murdered. They said that Bargo and Jackson fought over one of the suspects, Amber.

"She dated both of them," said Brooke Richardson. "Michael hated anyone who dated Amber," she said.
Sounds like a real swell guy.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

But Will They Lose Their Licenses?

8 accused of writing protest excuses now under investigation - JSOnline When you are screaming about helping people commit fraud - collecting sick pay when they are not sick - you should be under investigation.
Madison - The state Department of Regulation and Licensing and the Medical Examining Board said Wednesday that they had opened investigations into eight individuals who allegedly wrote doctor excuse notes for protesters at the state Capitol during rallies in February.

Last month, the Department of Regulation and Licensing said it had identified 11 people who may have provided the medical excuses, and it asked them to submit information about their activities at the Capitol.

Three members of the Medical Examining Board reviewed the information and decided to open investigations on eight of the 11, according to a department news release.

The eight being investigated are all licensed physicians, department spokesman David Carlson said.
In case you missed it, they where handing out notes to anyone (including at one point Andrew Breitbart).



NBC Thinks You Should Be Herded Into Cities

There is a truly disgusting documentary piece of propaganda about how all the problems we have are due to suburban living.

Life would be so much better if we all lived in cities.

Forget about the crappy schools, and the crime, and the fact that people move to suburbia because they want a little bit of privacy.

Personally I think the big cities of the 19th Century are an anachronism.

People moved to cities because that is where the jobs were. But note that "were." Past tense. The jobs are no longer there. Detroit (for example) has been so universally abandoned there are people actually suggesting that big portions of it be returned to farm land.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Europe (And you thought we had problems)

If you are wondering why the US dollar (and debt) was up the day the S&P downgraded the outlook on US debt, all you have to do is look at Europe. Greece Default Drive Risks Reviving Contagion as Bonds Plunge - Businessweek

Having bailed out Greece and Ireland and Portugal, the European bankers and policy wonks ensured everyone that Spain was in good shape.

Except for the fact that Greece probably can't pay for its debt even after the bailout, and may need to "restructure." That is European-policy-wonk-speak for "declaring bankruptcy."
Speculation by German officials that Greece may run out of alternatives to restructuring underscores their reluctance to spend more on bailouts
Germany, with the one economy in Europe that manages to pay its own way, has been "forced" to pay the bulk of the bailouts.

Spain's finances apparently wouldn't survive a Greek default.
The euro had its steepest decline in almost four months yesterday and Greek and Portuguese bonds tumbled, sending risk premiums to euro-era records as default speculation mounted. Otto Fricke, the parliamentary budget spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Free Democratic Party coalition ally, said in an interview yesterday Greece may not make it through the summer.
Together with a few other things, you have to wonder if Europe is going to be able to hang together.

France stops Italian train carrying Tunisian migrants - latimes.com
French authorities barred an Italian train loaded with Tunisian migrants and European activists from entering its territory, angering Italian officials who on Monday formally protested what they saw as un-European behavior.

"I realize that every country has its own domestic policy concerns, but the EU requires open borders, and if we start to put up walls the union will go nowhere," Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said.
Maybe that is the point.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

“He Started It!”

Cop charged with battery posts bail - Chicago Tribune
A Chicago police sergeant was charged with two felonies for allegedly slapping a teen whose hands were cuffed behind his back, but the veteran officer's attorney contended he was provoked when the suspect tried to spit on him.
The professionalism of the Chicago PD continues to be mind numbing.

Really, officer? Your defense is, "He started it." Really?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Good Guys 3, Bad Guys 0

If you break into peoples' homes, you will eventually meet an armed homeowner. UPDATE: 3rd suspect turns himself in after homeowner kills intruder | The Post and Courier, Charleston SC - News, Sports, Entertainment
MONCKS CORNER -- Cecil Barwick was home alone inside his Stony Landing home Wednesday morning when police say he heard voices and footsteps from upstairs.

The 50-year-old man grabbed his handgun and quickly came face to face with one of the men who broke into his house and had been rifling through his belongings upstairs.
The guy who got shot, died, and second guy was arrested a short while later. This makes three bad guys off the street.

As for the homeowner:
"We're not going to charge him. We're not looking at charging him. We don't have any thoughts of charging him," [Moncks Corner Police Lt. Wendell] Bowen said. He said they're still investigating why the thieves targeted that house.
Self-defense is a human right.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

On the Road Again

Posting will continue to be light or non-existent.

So Much For Academic Freedom

Remember how during the Bush Administration there was much talk about how science had to be free of politics? Apparently UCLA didn't get that memo - or they only think it should apply to YOUR politics, not their politics. Academic mission or UCLA speech code?
In 2008, Enstrom thought that a report on the health effects of diesel emissions presented by the California Air Resources Board was faulty. As it turns out, CARB's nitrous oxide emission estimates were overstated by 340 percent. Enstrom and others had trouble believing that a Ph.D. statistician would make some of CARB's findings. They dug around and found that CARB researcher Hien Tran had falsely claimed to have a doctorate in statistics from UC Davis. In fact, Tran had a master's degree from UC Davis, but his doctorate came from an unaccredited school.
Tran got demoted, and lost some pay, but still gets $7899 per month. (Falsifying an application is usually grounds for dismissal.)

Enstrom got the boot. Why? Because he isn't helping the Left enough.
A July 2010 memo later informed Enstrom that Department of Environmental Health Sciences faculty had determined his work did not meet department requirements and "your research is not aligned with the academic mission of the Department."

Not aligned with the academic mission? That reads like academic-speak for "politically incorrect." Enstrom has little doubt that UCLA cut his cord because he was a CARB whistle-blower. Worse, his 2005 study on the health effects of fine particulate matter essentially found that the diesel exhaust has slight, if any effect, on premature death.
So much for scientific integrity.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Meet The New Boss

Same as the old boss. Soldiers beat Egypt protesters in Cairo square
CAIRO – Witnesses say a heavy force of military police attacked hundreds of protesters in Cairo's central Tahrir Square, beating and arresting them and shooting in the air.
Why anyone thought that the military taking over meant the dawn of democracy is beyond me. (Isn't a junta just a dictatorship in uniform?)

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Firing Anti-gay Employee Upheld

You would hope so. Wal-Mart Harassment Policy upheld in case of gay harassment (ChicagoPride.com : Chicago, IL News)

So she screamed at a gay colleague, and she was fired. She complained because screaming at gay colleagues is her right because of her religion, or something.
In September 2005, during a break Matthews took part in a religious conversation about homosexuality. She allegedly screamed over Amy, an out lesbian, that God does not accept gays, they should not "be on earth," and they will "go to hell" because they are not "right in the head." Five other employees confirmed Matthews had made the statements.
When she was fired for violating the harassment policy, she sued, saying it was her right - because of her religion - to be an intolerant, bigoted pain-in-the-ass during working hours.

The courts have said, "Nope." (This time by a federal appeals court in Illinois.)

But before you feel all sorry for the poor bigot fired worker, you can take solace in the fact that she is still collecting unemployment. (Since 2005?)

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

This Ain't No Lingerie League

The best kept secret in sports? Maybe not.

The Independent Women's Football League (IWFL) plays full contact tackle football. There is probably a team near you. Everywhere from the Atlanta Ravens to the Seattle Majestics.

Saturday will be week 2, for the 2011 season, which wraps up in July.

The advert for last year's championship game follows, then a highlight reel from a week 5 game from last year. (Not bad when you consider there is no money in the system. And that the colleges aren't really acting like farm-clubs.)

[UPDATE: Well you stop paying attention and things change. Womens Football Alliance - Womens Tackle Football is a new league, started in 2009, and seems to have some bigger name sponsors. It seems they have teams in some bigger cities as well, so maybe that will help.

If I can find any interesting video, I will post it after the break.]



Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Must Be Powered By Unicorn Farts

This guy gets more unbelievable every day. Fantasy? Chasing Obama's 50 mile-per-gallon car
President Obama, in his major energy policy speech last week, stumped us when he asserted: "There are even cars rolling off assembly lines in Detroit with combustion engines that can get more than 50 miles per gallon."

Huh?

Not according to the government's official ratings (online at fueleconomy.gov) , which list the top rating for an internal combustion car -- a non-hybrid -- as 42 mpg on the highway, held by the Chevrolet Cruze with a special. extra-cost Eco package and a manual transmission.
Of course he wasn't citing actual facts, just interweb rumors. (Those are always true, right?)
If a carmaker tried to sell you a car with mpg claims that casual (as happened before government ratings) the government would investigate it for unfair trade practices.
Too bad those regulations don't apply to political insanity coming from the White House.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Juries Don't Believe Former Chicago PD Special Operations Section

SOS is mostly history. It had too many problems. (Like robbing drug dealers, committing home invasions, and acting more like the Chicago Mob than the Chicago PD.)

So it doesn't surprise me that this guy won 2 court cases. Arrested man turns down $25,000 from city, gets $100,000 from jury - Chicago Sun-Times
A federal jury awarded a South Side man $100,000 Monday in a lawsuit against the city alleging he was beaten by Chicago Police officers who planted drugs on him.
He also won his jury trial over his arrest for drug possession.

CPD denies they did anything wrong.

The Special Operations Section "was broken up in 2007 by then-Interim Supt. Dana Starks after other officers in the unit were accused of robbing drug dealers." Even in Chicago, you can go too far.

The Chicago Police Department's Special Operations Section could provide material for a blog all on its own. (Or it could before they disbanded it.)

NOLA Police (ex-police) Get Tough Sentences

Remember during Katrina, when NOLA police reported they were "under fire." Well, that was a lie. They were the ones doing the shooting - and the killing. Judge hands out tough sentences in post-Katrina killing by police
Judge Lance Africk sentenced ex-officer David Warren to 25 years for shooting Glover with an assault rifle and sentenced former cop Greg McRae to 17 years for torching the man’s corpse as it lay in a car parked on the banks of the Mississippi.
They shot the man, realized they were going to be in trouble if it came to light, so they put him in a car on the banks of the river, and set it on fire. Then tried to cover up the whole thing, claiming they were the victim of unknown shooters.

Not that this is really a surprise as it is coming from New Orleans PD.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice released a 158-page study documenting “systemic violations of civil rights” by New Orleans police and suggesting the police force had a pattern of covering up questionable conduct by cops.
The "Thin Blue Line" isn't so thin in New Orleans.
The report also suggests that NOPD officials may have sought to cover up evidence in incidents in which police shot civilians. “NOPD’s mishandling of officer-involved shooting investigations was so blatant and egregious that it appeared intentional in some respects,” the report says.
Of course it was intentional.

There are 2 kinds of people in the world. Cops and "Little People." You aren't a cop, you just don't count. Not everywhere, but it certainly seems that way in NOLA.

Federal prosecutors have 20 cases against current or former NOLA Police in just the last 3 years. This isn't the case of a few bad cops having a few bad days. This is a problem for the entire NOPD.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Union Rules - Chicago is a Strange Place (or maybe not)

This job must be boring as hell. You can't do anything most of the day. You drive work crews to their job-site, and sit around all day watching them work. Daley cites union contract in truckers paid to sit around - Chicago Sun-Times
Mayor Daley tried Friday to answer the $18 million question posed by his inspector general: why City Hall tolerates having 200 motor truck drivers “paid to do nothing” but drive crews to their work sites and wait in the vehicle until they finish.
That rule has been in place for 22 years of the Daley administration in Chicago, and apparently trying to end it was not worth the trouble.

And in other union news, the changes to the rules that were supposed to make conventions more affordable in Chicago got tossed out by a judge.

Here is a taste of what conventions faced if they wanted to locate at Chicago's McCormick Place convention center.
Remember the Pepsi?

Chicago spent decades honing a reputation as a rigid and overpriced place to hold trade shows. Eventually, though, trade show organizers tired of Chicago's unofficial motto: "We stick it to you because we can. You got a problem with that?"

The issue came to a head in 2009 when Tim Hanrahan, CEO of a Massachusetts company that makes recycling machinery, recounted his McCormick Place horror story in a trade publication, Plastics News:
The total charge for four cases of Pepsi, delivered to our booth, was $345.39. The invoice breaks down to $254 for the four cases of Pepsi, a 21 percent service charge, and a 10.25 percent Illinois state sales tax, a 3 percent Chicago soft drink tax, a tax on the service charge, and a food and beverage tax. Government taxes totaled $38.06, which is more than the legitimate retail price of the soft drinks.

"Now, a nice man in a tuxedo delivered the Pepsi, along with a couple of buckets of ice and a few cups. Good service? Sure, but not worth $345.39."
McCormick Place reacted clumsily, issuing a chart suggesting that soda prices are exorbitant for conventioneers in other cities too. As if to suggest trade shows should stay in Chicago because the extortion here is no worse than the extortion elsewhere.
In addition to the costs involved, the rules meant that companies could do very little to set up there own space. Everything had to be done by union members. At very high rates. (Whether the workers saw that money or not, I can't say. I do know the bills were high.)

So I hope the rules stay just where they are. And I hope Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Cincinnati and St. Louis pick up the regional conventions and that the national conventions just stay away. (McCormick Place is HUGE, if you've never been there, but it really isn't the only choice. Most conventions don't fill half of it anyway.)

There is little chance that the unions involved will voluntarily change the rules, even if it means they watch their jobs disappear.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

"We're Shocked"

Where is the Obama Doctrine when you need it? Ivory Coast conflict intensifies amid reports of a massacre - The Washington Post

At least it isn't the UN this time, but the Red Cross.
“We are shocked by the brutality and scale of this act,” said Dominique Liengme, the Red Cross’s representative in Ivory Coast.
800 people had been killed in "inter-communal" violence. Whatever that means.

What exactly are they surprised about? That "War is Hell?"
Estimates of the dead in the contested town of Duekoue were hard to pin down, with figures ranging from more than 300 to 1,000 people killed. The International Committee of the Red Cross said that more than 800 civilians had been killed in “intercommunal” violence in the town, where tens of thousands of Ivorian civilians have been displaced by fighting between the forces of Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognized winner of a November election, and Laurent Gbagbo, who refuses to step down.
So shouldn't NATO or the UN or somebody be shelling the Ivorian troops, or the other troops or somebody?

Oh yeah, I forgot... There is no oil in the Ivory Coast. Maybe it also doesn't help that it would be hard to choose sides.
Hamadoun Toure, spokesman for the U.N. mission in Abidjan, said there was evidence that Ouattara’s forces were responsible for the deaths of at least 230 civilians and Gbagbo’s fighters for at least 100.
Shelling both sides is right out, so I guess shelling neither side is a "measured response." Or maybe it's just that no one in Washington cares. (No oil, no cruise-missiles.)

The State of British Health Care

Oh, the blissful state of socialized medicine in the UK. I can't wait until our health care is in the hands of the IRS! Or some similar bureaucrat.

British health care is not very high tech. Britain has fewer high-tech medical machines than Estonia and Turkey - Telegraph
Hospitals in Britain have fewer high-tech medical machines than those in poorer countries such as Estonia and Turkey, according to the public spending watchdog.

Even those units that do have MRI and CT scanners often leave them to “lie idle” for much of the time despite rising demand, the National Audit Office said.
Of course profit isn't an issue - everything is run by government largess. So crass calculations like asset utilization never enter into the thinking around scheduling. (Some MRI facilities are only open 40 hours per week.)

British kids on drugs. (No, the legal kind.) Amount of drugs prescribed by GPs triples over 15 years - Telegraph
Concerns have also been raised about the number of children being prescribed drugs to control their behaviour. Recent figures show that 650,000 children aged between eight and 13 are now taking Ritalin to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a compared with just 9,000 two decades earlier.
Must make the drug companies very happy.

Women, don't expect to have separate facilities from the men. It's too expensive. (So said the old regime, the new one has other ideas. Hospitals face £250 fines for keeping men and women on same wards - Telegraph
The NHS has long struggled to stop men and women being left to sleep in neighbouring beds, or share the same bathroom facilities, because many hospital wards are in old buildings that would be costly to renovate.

But the new Government said it was determined to eradicate the practice, first by establishing how widespread it is and then by imposing fines on those that do not tackle it.
And, yes, various attacks have occurred over the years.

You don't need to be able to communicate with your doctor. Foreign doctors work in Britain without speaking English - Telegraph Because testing their language skills would be discrimination - or so says the EU.

And Daley Isn't Even Out of Office Yet

Ill. Assn. of Chiefs of Police Support Legalizing Concealed Carry Proposal

But then I will believe it when I see it.

Still won't make living in the People's Republic of Illinois palatable. [Hat tip NRA-ILA]