Skip to comments.Laws are for Little People [Steyn]
Posted on 12/29/2012 6:38:05 AM PST by Servant of the Cross
And not for David Gregory.
A week ago on NBCs Meet the Press, David Gregory brandished on screen a high-capacity magazine. To most media experts, a high-capacity magazine means an ad-stuffed double issue of Vanity Fair with the triple-page perfume-scented pullouts. But apparently in Americas gun-nut gun culture of gun-crazed gun kooks, its something else entirely, and it was this latter kind that Mr. Gregory produced in order to taunt Wayne LaPierre of the NRA. As the poster child for Americas gun-crazed gun-kook gun culture, Mr. LaPierre would probably have been more scared by the host waving around a headily perfumed Vanity Fair. But that was merely NBCs first miscalculation. It seems a high-capacity magazine is illegal in the District of Columbia, and the flagrant breach of D.C. gun laws is now under investigation by the police.
This is, declared NYU professor Jay Rosen, the dumbest media story of 2012. Why? Because, as CNNs Howard Kurtz breezily put it, everybody knows David Gregory wasnt planning to commit any crimes.
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Isn’t Steyn a gem? Just love him.
Lols! I am not 4 sentence in and I already am cracking up at Mark Styen's Wit.
All good satire has truth in it and that is 100% right on!
Just a minute. If Wayne Lapierre had held the same magazine, liberals all over would be calling for his conviction.
Liberalism = hypocrisy.
Intent in this case was possession, that was the criminal action. The lefties in congress specifically designed the law that way. Now one of their ‘useful idiots’ has become entangled in what was designed to catch us Bitter Clingers up short. Oh the drama!! Will be interesting to see how this plays out...keep watching page Z 99 for more details on how they sweep it all under the rug. Will be delightful to see the logically gymnastics used to let him walk but still vilify us Clingers. Te left is worthless!
That's the fact, Jack!
Or half of it, anyway.
Why are only weapon-related items ever “brandished”?
Spending a weekend with this guy and a few friends would do wonders for my soul.
Just think about that for a minute. Electing Obama for a second term pretty much puts a bow on it.
Americas gun-crazed gun-kook gun culture
Thought Steyn was going to do one of his little pivots here and point out the people who really should be called gun-crazed gun-kooks are those one track monomaniacs who are insanely obsessed and preoccupied with guns; namely, elite leftists like Gregory.
Right - another example is Obamacare waivers. Those who supported passage get waivers; those opposed do not.
Gregory needs to be prosecuted under the District’s gun laws. He not only was in possession of the high capacity magazine, someone had to buy it and intentionally smuggle it into the District unless it was purchased illegally within the District. The NRA should be demanding Gregory be prosecuted for violation of local gun laws just like any law abiding NRA member would be for doing the same thing. To not prosecute Gregory would show the utter hypocrisy and absurdity of these gun laws.
Athens, unlike Sparta, was a money-mad commercial city. The constitution written by Solon mitigated the class struggle between rich and poor, and allowed for the growth of democratic institutions.
Solon was born into a well-to-do family of Athens. He worked as a merchant in the export-import trade, and he considered himself relatively poor. He did not worship money, as is evident from these poems of his:
The man whose riches satisfy his greed
Is not more rich for all those heaps and hoards
Than some poor man who has enough to feed
And clothe his corpse with such as God affords.
I have no use for men who steal and cheat;
The fruit of evil poisons those who eat.
Some wicked men are rich, some good men poor,
But I would rather trust in what's secure;
Our virtue sticks with us and makes us strong,
But money changes owners all day long.
Poetry was for Solon a way to entertain himself, and he also used poetry to give his ideas easy access to the minds of the Athenians.
The seven wise men of Greece were well-known, both to each other and to the general public. Anacharsis, who was one of these wise men, came to visit Solon in Athens. When Anacharsis saw Athenian democracy at work, he remarked that it was strange that in Athens wise men spoke and fools decided. Solon admired this man's ready wit and he entertained Anacharsis as his guest for a long time. Solon showed Anacharsis some laws that he was drafting for the Athenians. Anacharsis laughed at Solon for imagining that the dishonesty and greed of the Athenians could be restrained by written laws. Such laws, said Anacharsis, are like spiderwebs: they catch the weak and poor, but the rich can rip right through them.
Unfortunately for him, Gregory was indeed planning to commit a crime: the crime of possessing a high capacity magazine in DC. And he did commit the crime.
Let’s see how he likes gun laws.
“Gregory was indeed planning to commit a crime”
Exactly. A ‘crime’ is defined as a joint union of act and intent.
Here the crime is possession. NBC and Gregory hoisted themselves on their own petard.
And from what I’ve read they compounded the crime by lying about getting permission from the DC police.
Nothing unusual about the MSM lying but that’s not ordinarily a crime, just `artistic license.’
Or half of it, anyway.
Unfortunately, they're the half in full control of the country--government, education, and culture.
Mark Steyn ping. This is a really apt column.
Freepmail me, if you want on or off the Mark Steyn ping list.
Thanks for the ping Servant of the Cross.
Mark Steyn ping. This is a really apt column.
Freepmail me, if you want on or off the Mark Steyn ping list.
Thanks for the ping Servant of the Cross.
Keen eye and wit.
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 2, Chapter 3, Page 404
I am interested in why nobody ever "blurts out" a lie. I suppose it's a testament to the spontaneity of truth.
"I'm willing to be civil and obey laws I don't like for the sake of preserving civility, and out of respect for a legitimate process of government. But cover ups, lies, delay tactics, diversions, and caprice destroy my desire to be civil, and give me cause to have nothing but contempt for the big people above the law.
Wouldn't anarchy, total and pure animalistic anarchy, be a notche higher, in terms of justice, than a system where laws only apply to the little people?
I notice a strange paradox, that the system of government we are being saddled with is only approved of by the ones who do not have to abide by it.
I'm startled and frightened by the legitimacy to lawlessness the example of our administration is giving the people of America."
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The NRA and the right have a serious opportunity here.
The argument for letting him walk rests on his membership of a protected class the media. Notwithstanding that (per Gallup) 54 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the NRA while only 40 percent have any trust in the media, the latter regard themselves as part of the ruling class.The BS media doesn't deserve that limited degree of credibility that it has, 40 percent. It also shows the gullibility of the left.
The NRA and the right need to demand that Gregory be prosecuted, or that idiotic law prohibiting high capacity magazines be repealed. The government has a history of abandoning not just their own at Benghazi, but innocent civilians as well.
Beautiful and right to the point!
Steyn’s command of the English language and of several others continues to enlighten and entertain me.
Here he describes the federal Fish & Wildlife officer issuing a $535 fine to “eleven-year-old Skylar Capo [who] made the mistake of rescuing a woodpecker from the jaws of a cat and nursing him back to health for a couple of days” as a “gauleiter”.
“Gauleiter” - What an apt term!
Definition of GAULEITER
1a : a district leader in Nazi Germany who served as a provincial governor
1b : a subordinate political official resembling a Nazi gauleiter in function or in autocratic manner
2: a person with an arrogant overbearing outlook or manner
Ah, Steyn... Once again, out of the park!
“...insanely obsessed and preoccupied with guns; namely, elite leftists like Gregory.”
They just can’t wait to get us unarmed. Look what they are doing to the Constitution now, for cripes sake.
Wow, just WOW!
Understand that, plus H.L. Mencken’s quote and you understand current politics.
“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”
H. L. Mencken
I would probably add Rush’s euphemism of “low-information voter” plus:
Lord Acton: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
And finally, Alexis de Tocqueville: “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”
There is your college level course in Political Science.
For a Graduate Level course, include:
“But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men.” John 2:24
“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” Matt 10:16
Miss Rand understood the looter mentality.
>>>Unfortunately for him, Gregory was indeed planning to commit a crime: the crime of possessing a high capacity magazine in DC. And he did commit the crime</b>Will Gregory plead ignorace or did he have a crack researh team advising him the all clear? Stupidity is no excuse!!
Hi Alfred, I was just reading your post on the difference between unalienable and inalienable. I found it quite interesting.
I was also reading an article about President Obama omitting Creator when quoting the Declaration (http://www.wnd.com/index.phpfa=PAGE.view&pageId=237349) when I noticed that he repeatedly uses inalienable. The omission of the one word and the incorrect usage of the other in numerous instances can only be intentional. Hes very consistent about it. I was curious about your thoughts on this.
Matt At the time, I responded briefly. However, heres an expanded version of my reply:
In the context of American history, the terms Creator and unalienable Rights appear first and most famously in our Declaration of Independence of July 4th, A.D. 1776. There, in its second sentence, theDeclaration offers the single most radical statement of truth in at least 2,000 years of Western political thought:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Prior to our Declaration, the nations of the western world were governed by monarchies where only one manthe kingwas deemed to be sovereign. The king was sovereign because he, and he alone, was deemed to have been directly endowed by the God of the Bible (the earthly kings Creator) with the divine right of kings. That endowment of God-given rights did not attach as a result of an election or human appointment. That endowment attached as the result of a coronation ceremony that took place in the highest church within the nation.
The king would wear a crown of gold and jewels which was intended to symbolize the glittering corona seen around the heads of the Christ and saints in medieval paintings. The crown didnt simply represent the kings secular or political authority; it represented his spiritual authority. Because the king, and only the king, got his rights directly from God, the king had a special spiritual status (sovereignty) that no other man living in that kingdom could match.
We can see some confirmation of these observations in the rules of chess and the design of classic chess pieces. In the classic chess piece design, the king alone has a cross on the top of his crown. That cross symbolizes that the king is directly endowed by his Creator with the divine right of kings and is therefore sovereign.
Under the rules of chess, you can kill (remove from the chess board of life) all of the other pieces. If an opponent lands on a pawn, knight, bishop, rook or queen, that piece is effectively killed and removed from the board. But the opponent can never kill the king. You can checkmate the king by putting him in circumstances where he is both threatened with death and unable to move to another, safer location. You can even accidentally put the king in a circumstance where he is not in check (being directly threatened) but cant move without moving into check (death).
The king, and king alone, had the divine right of kingswhich included an unalienable Right to Life. You could capture a chess king, but you could never, never, lawfully kill him.
finish the story here:
The argument for letting him walk rests on his membership of a protected class the media. Notwithstanding that (per Gallup) 54 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the NRA while only 40 percent have any trust in the media, the latter regard themselves as part of the ruling class.. . . which is precisely my point when I say that journalists do not respect the First Amendment as it relates to anyone outside their club.
And their club is defined by going along and getting along with the consensus of what is convenient for journalism as such. Which is how stories such as the Trayvon Martin case get fit into the standard "white-American-him-bad template.
Check out link if you want to see Jay Rosen at his creepiest... (he’s probably worse in real life - but this offers a hint...)
Check out link if you want to see Jay Rosen at his creepiest... (he’s probably worse in real life - but this offers a hint...) New York Times folks in full bloom...
But, even if were denied that pleasure, the dumbest media story of 2012 is actually rather instructive. David Gregory intended to demonstrate what he regards as the absurdity of Americas lax gun laws. Instead, hes demonstrating the ever greater absurdity of Americas non-lax laws. His investigation, prosecution, and a sentence of 2030 years with eligibility for parole after ten (assuming Mothers Against High-Capacity Magazines dont object) would teach a far more useful lesson than whatever he thought he was doing by waving that clip under LaPierres nose.
THRIVING ON CHAOS The disturbed Obamatons are creating a dysfunctional chaotic culture, The anti-social psychopaths recognize no moral and ethical boundaries----aggressively going after what they want, irregardless of the consequences.
Para-military Dem liberals and progs, are aiding and abetting a cabal of hate-filled individuals----all of them lying in wait to harm conservative/Christian/Constitution-loving Americans.
They are a cabal of ruthless predators w/ no empathy for others.
REFERENCE FR POSTED America is now run by angry, feral adolescents fueled by hatred, jealousy and revenge
Coach Is Right ^ | December 21st, 2012 | Derek Hollenbeck
POSTER'S COMMENTS Its not uncommon for some in the minority community to believe that the white establishment (Republicans) uses its power to slander and destroy those who threaten the "status quo"......
Snide remarks about the invisible and permanent powers-that-be (Republicans) trying to take down minorities...... is a sentiment some minorities bandy about when they try to justify (what they deem) is their loser status.
THIS KIND OF PERVERSE CORRUPT THINKING IS REMINSCENT OF THE POST-CIVIL WAR ERA----Carpetbaggers---Northern invaders into the South ----were prominent in politics until 1875, but nearly all left under pressure from the Red Shirts and White Liners -----white paramilitary organizations, then-described as "the military arm of the Democratic Party", working openly to violently overthrow Republican rule, using intimidation and assassination to turn Republicans out of office and suppress freedmen's (former slaves) voting.
The Republican sheriff of Yazoo, Mississippi, received a brief flurry of national attention when insurgent white Democrats took over the county government and forced him to flee. (WIKI)
FREEPER ACTION MEMO In 1875, Hiram Revels, a Mississippi Republican--and the first African-American US Senator-- wrote to then-Pres Ulysses S. Grant denouncing Northern invaders into the post-Civil War south for manipulating the Black vote for personal benefit, and for keeping alive wartime hatreds. (WIKI)
We need to get someone with integrity----like Cong Allen West (not reelected)----- to write letters to his colleagues, and to the media.
Cong West needs to do the following:
(1) decry the agitation and intimidation tactics being used by these groups,
(2) expose using hatemongering for personal gain,
(3) emphasize the illegalities WRT threatening members of the US Congress,
(4) precpitate investigations into fraud and intimidation upon our electoral/legislative system by these hate-mongering groups, and,
(5) determine the scope and dimension of subversion these activities are visiting on US ntl security.
Should David Gregory be treated more leniently than a domestic cat just because when Obama tickles his tummy he licks the presidents hand and purrs contentedly?
In any future gun, law, Conservatives should insist on a “Gregory Exemption”... prosecutors have to demand that prove intention of an evil act beyond possession.
Seems simple enough...
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