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  • I need some recommendations for .45 ACP Pistols(2) and where to get them...

    08/14/2013 1:40:11 PM PDT · 77 of 136
    Vigilant1 to El Laton Caliente

    I had a P220. I absolutely hated it, and got rid of it as soon as I could. Nothing wrong with the pistol. The quality was great and it was reliable. It just did not point well at all for me, and I very much disliked the DA trigger setup and decocker. I ditched it and got a Colt Commander, which I was quite happy with.

  • I need some recommendations for .45 ACP Pistols(2) and where to get them...

    08/14/2013 12:59:21 PM PDT · 58 of 136
    Vigilant1 to jboot

    A C&R dealer cannot receive a modern handgun. They can only receive qualifying ‘curios & relics’ firearms.

  • I need some recommendations for .45 ACP Pistols(2) and where to get them...

    08/14/2013 12:43:04 PM PDT · 48 of 136
    Vigilant1 to US Navy Vet
    Instead of others telling you what their favorite piece is, you need to find out what works for *you*. The best way to do this is to go to a local range that rents pistols and shoot several different ones. See what feels best in your hand and points the most naturally for you. Doing this will save you a lot of frustration and money.

    You also need to get a holster. This is almost as important as the pistol itself. The wrong holster will make the gun uncomfortable, difficult to draw, and with really cheap holsters, you could even have the gun fall out onto the ground. Ask your friends if you can try on their concealment holsters and that will give you an idea of the type of holster you want to buy. Spend the money to get a good quality holster. It is worth every penny.

    So far as getting the best price, you might check with local dealers to find who will charge you the least to receive a handgun. There is a dealer in my area who does this for only $25. Then you can go online to sites like GunsAmerica and GunBroker, find a great deal, and have it shipped to the dealer. This should save you a lot of money.

    Hope this helps.

  • Samsung testing 5G wireless technology that can download entire movies in seconds

    05/13/2013 3:59:45 PM PDT · 15 of 21
    Vigilant1 to 2ndDivisionVet
    There are a lot of challenges with this technology. Because of the high frequencies used, the max distance from a tower is very short. It will be line-of-sight transmission only with no penetration of buildings. This can be mitigated to some degree by using lots of microcell sites, but that is only going to work in urban areas. It is impractical in lower density areas. Expect to be still using 4G when you are out in the boonies. You will not be able to use inside your home unless you get a 5G microcell box.

    Another challenge is latency. It still takes about a third of a second to send a data packet from one coast to the other over the internet. In dynamic and information-dense situations like online gaming, latency will remain an issue. Time for quantum bit entanglement technology? ;^)

  • Which Liberal position/lie has or will have the most negative effect on America?

    05/10/2013 1:35:53 PM PDT · 19 of 25
    Vigilant1 to NotYourAverageDhimmi; All

    “Your children do not belong to you.”

  • SECULARISM, not guns to blame for mass shootings

    07/20/2012 2:16:53 PM PDT · 22 of 38
    Vigilant1 to GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

    BTW, I am done with you, so do not bother to respond. Your thread turns my stomach.

  • SECULARISM, not guns to blame for mass shootings

    07/20/2012 2:15:01 PM PDT · 21 of 38
    Vigilant1 to GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
    GWG:
    "Thanks for proving my point."

    Your point was to claim people shoot children because they are "godless". I would ask you to explain exactly how your point was somehow "proven" by me calling you out on crassly exploiting this tragedy to push your religiousity, but we both know that you cannot.
    ---

    "I’ll not say the “G” word. I don’t want to offend you."

    You know nothing about me or my beliefs.

  • SECULARISM, not guns to blame for mass shootings

    07/20/2012 1:51:35 PM PDT · 19 of 38
    Vigilant1 to GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

    Sickening! Your post is a loathsome attempt to exploit this tragedy push your religious agenda. It is just as slimy as Bloomberg doing the same to push his gun control agenda. At least let the grieving parents bury their dead children before you try to use them for your crude proselytizing.

  • Has anyone eaten at the Original Tommy's Hamburgers , in Los Angeles?

    02/19/2012 7:09:36 PM PST · 69 of 83
    Vigilant1 to narses
    When I was a teenager, my friends and I would hit Tommy's a couple times a week. Triple chili cheese, rare, extra chili. Yeah, baby!
  • Arizona gun stupidity never ends(Barf Alert)

  • IS MORMONISM CHRISTIAN?

    07/10/2011 5:57:31 PM PDT · 73 of 209
    Vigilant1 to delacoert
    A lot of Xns seem to think that their sect is the one and only true Church of Christ, and members of other sects are apostates or worse. Instead of focusing on this stupid, bigoted sectarian bullwash, perhaps Xns should be asking a different question. Perhaps they should be looking in the mirror and saying, "Am *I* truly following the teachings of Christ? Do I really even understand his teachings?"

    Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
    -- Matthew 7:5 --
  • Best Rifle Scope?

    05/29/2011 1:44:43 PM PDT · 21 of 67
    Vigilant1 to Washi
    To clarify, the exact model in the pic above is the Bushnell Elite Tactical 4500 3-12x44mm.
  • Best Rifle Scope?

    05/29/2011 1:40:21 PM PDT · 16 of 67
    Vigilant1 to Washi
    I have the new Bushnell 3-12x44mm scope with an illuminated mildot reticle on my .30-06 Remington 700. The clarity and quality is outstanding; equal to Leupold, IMO, at a significantly lower price. The 3200, 4200 and 6500 Elite series scopes are a real step forward and upwards for Bushnell. I would recommend that you take a close look at them.

    My rifle:

    Bushnell Elite rifle scopes

  • WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED IN 2,066 YEARS?

    04/21/2011 1:25:22 PM PDT · 25 of 31
    Vigilant1 to Wuli
    Sorry, but the quote is fictional.

    Truth or Fiction - Cicero quote

  • Why is Barry Soetoro wasting away?

    04/09/2011 4:50:41 PM PDT · 84 of 129
    Vigilant1 to omega4179

    Drug use would explain a lot of things, including reports of unstable behavior, his seeming total disconnect with reality, his inability to set sane priorities, his self-contradictory and confused policies, and his weight loss as well. I would be very interested to see what prescription meds he is taking.

  • Islamists Blame Jews for Coptic Church Bombing

    01/03/2011 6:43:58 PM PST · 9 of 31
    Vigilant1 to Ooh-Ah
    "Evil Juuuuuuuuuice!"
  • China deploys carrier-killer missile

    01/02/2011 4:23:04 PM PST · 54 of 55
    Vigilant1 to Truth29
    T29:
    "Although the 21d is being publicized as conventionally armed, I believe that it is nuclear capable and a nuclear warhead could certainly sink the carrier along with the rest of the group."

    A nuclear warhead on a D21d aimed at a carrier would be utterly pointless. If you want to deliver a nuclear warhead against a carrier task group, a supersonic antiship cruise missile would be a far, far cheaper and more reliable method to do so. The Chinese have the P-270 Moskit (NATO: SS-N-21 Sunburn), which would be well suited for such a task. To waste an extremely valuable and scarce resource like a ballistic missile on something that could be better done by a relatively inexpensive antiship missile would be silly. And there is also the small point that the Chinese know full well that if they nuked an American carrier we would incinerate their entire nation.

    No, the idea is that the conventional warhead D21d is supposed to be more difficult to defend against than anti-shp cruise missiles. It is, but whether it is good enough to get past our Aegis system remains to be seen. I very much doubt it. The D21d reentry vehicle must slow after reentry to allow enough maneuver time to course correct and have a chance of actually hitting its target. If it has a passive infrared targeting sensor, it would also have to shed its heat shield nosecone to expose the optical sensor. If it is RADAR guided, it will essentially be emitting a targeting beacon for our anti-ballistic missiles to home in on. The RV will be coming down at supersonic, but not hypersonic speeds, so it should not be any more difficult a target than a regular tactical ballistic missile, and we already know that Aegis works quite well on those.

  • China deploys carrier-killer missile

    01/01/2011 1:57:05 PM PST · 30 of 55
    Vigilant1 to Travis McGee
    TM:
    "Similar arguments were made by the battleship navy crowd about naval aviation circa 1940. History settled the debate. Let's not get caught exposed again."

    Sorry, but your comparison is simply invalid and inapplicable. The same was said about antiship cruise missiles like the Exocent making navies obsolete. That was obviously wrong., as are almost all claims about new 'superweapons' making whole classes of primary weapons systems 'useless' and 'obsolete'.

    You clearly do not understand just how difficult a modern carrier is to sink. A carrier is literally a small floating city, and has thousands of watertight compartments. To sink one, you need a to breach a significant percentage of those compartments. This weapon is not even remotely capable of accomplishing that. They are in no way the quantum advancement represented by the introduction of aerial warfare. They are merely a different means of delivering an explosive warhead the size of an aircraft bomb on target.

    Even in WWII, our carriers were able to absorb multiple direct hits by 1000 pound and larger armor-piercing bombs and not be sunk. Modern carriers are much larger and have far better firefighting and damage control equipment. There have been a number of cases where fires in the hangar decks of modern carriers have led to the explosion of several aircraft fully loaded with ordnance. This involved a hell of a lot more explosives; tens of thousands of pounds of them; detonating within the ship than a half-dozen direct hits from these Chinese missiles could deliver. Our carriers not only survived these incidents, they returned to port under their own power.

    So the idea that these Chinese missiles can actually sink a carrier is fantasy. They could, if they somehow got past our Aegis anti-missile defenses, certainly damage a carrier, but the same is true of any weapon system aimed at carriers. That is the nature of war; attack and defense. This is just another new warhead delivery system for which we already have a good defense.

  • China deploys carrier-killer missile

    01/01/2011 12:56:04 PM PST · 8 of 55
    Vigilant1 to KoRn

    First, there is no proof that this system even works. Second, even several direct hits from weapons of this size will not sink a carrier. Third, our carrier task groups each include Aegis cruisers and destroyers that are capable of shooting down incoming ballistic missile. This is an additional threat that must be taken into account, to be sure, but it is *not* a ‘carrier killer’.

  • Best all-purpose rifle -- when I can afford only one?

    12/05/2010 5:11:53 PM PST · 77 of 101
    Vigilant1 to roamer_1
    A Savage 110 is, IMO, the best bang for the buck for a good quality bolt-action rifle. I personally just bought a really nice Remington 700 tactical rifle in .30-06, but if I was on your budget, I would definitely buy the Savage and apply the savings to getting a better scope.

    As for caliber, I prefer .30-06 because of its versatility. You can go up to Maine and hunt moose, hunt black bear locally or go out west for elk or antelope, and the ,30-06 will do everything you need it to do. It can stabilize heavier bullets and will give a flatter trajectory than the .308, especially if you handload. But if you do not envision ever hunting anything bigger or more dangerous than a whitetail, then a .308 will fill your needs just fine.

    If you are putting more of an emphasis on self defense than hunting, then a Remington slide-action rifle like the Remington 760 may be a better choice. You sacrifice some accuracy and reliability, but you can get ten-round aftermarket magazines that give you some pretty good firepower. A 760 in .308 would not be a bad choice.

    So my advice is use the 870 as your primary self-defense tool, and get a Savage 110 in .30-06 as your hunting rifle and long-range defense rifle. I recommend the Bushnell Elite 3200 3-9x scope. It is an excellent buy, and the Elite series are far superior to previous Bushnell offerings; damn close to Leupold in quality at a far, far lower price. I think this will give you the best value for your money, and the most flexibility.

  • Paterson Offers Aid To Move Ground Zero Mosque [Location Ideas?]

    08/10/2010 4:12:44 PM PDT · 30 of 40
    Vigilant1 to Fitzy_888
    Location Ideas?

    Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island.

  • Iran’s Leader Introduces Plan to Encourage Population Growth (Wants Women to Have More Babies)

    07/28/2010 4:57:25 PM PDT · 12 of 13
    Vigilant1 to AlphaOneAlpha
    Iran does not require women wear burkhas, and the vast majority of them do not. Iranian law only requires women cover their heads (but not their faces) with a scarf called a chador. Western-style clothes such as jeans and blouses and makeup are the norm for women in Iran.

    Those fundamentalist Shia women that do wear a full-body covering to not cover the face. Most of them wear makeup as well, pluck their eyebrows, etcetera.

  • Mayor Daley Lays Out Strict Gun Rules for Chicago

    07/01/2010 2:55:42 PM PDT · 34 of 44
    Vigilant1 to ltc8k6

    Daley is going to have an interesting dilemma. If he does not included Glocks, Springfield XDs and S&W M&Ps in 9mm, .40 and .45 on his list of ‘safe’ handguns, then he is declaring those firearms to be ‘unsafe’. Those are the authorized carry pistols for the Chicago PD. If the city of Chicago officially declares their carry gun to be ‘unsafe’, that opens up the CPD to liability claims in any officer-involved shooting that occurs. It will be instructive to see if he screws over his own city and police department in his lust to screw over and disarm his own subjects.... er, [i]constituents[/i].

  • 5 Reasons to Buy a Home Now : Conditions are nearly perfect to get a super bargain. Don't dally.

    09/18/2009 6:40:27 PM PDT · 52 of 82
    Vigilant1 to montag813
    ToItt:
    "what about waiting until the 2nd half of the “W”

    mt813:
    "That will come in February 2011"

    Not exactly. The peak will come in 2011, but the ARM resets will start seriously ramping up early next year.

    In addition to that, the banks and other financial institutions are sitting on literally hundreds of thousands of foreclosures they have held off the market thus far. I verified this fact with my nephew, who is a regional President for Wells Fargo. They will not hold them off of the market forever. When they start dumping them, it will continue for years. They will stretch it out to get tax writeoffs for as many years as possible.

    The dumping of held foreclosures combined with a new and even larger wave of forclosures from resetting ARMs has obvious implications for buyers. IMO, anyone who buys a home now, unless they can pay cash and scoop up a truly astounding deal, is insane. They would have an underwater mortgage in short order.

  • ‘Rogue broker’ blamed for oil spike(bailout money at work?)

    07/02/2009 11:41:11 PM PDT · 9 of 12
    Vigilant1 to TigerLikesRooster
    This link works without a password:

    ‘Rogue broker’ blamed for oil spike

  • IDF deal for F-35 sours over soaring costs of fighter jets

    04/18/2009 12:32:53 AM PDT · 14 of 21
    Vigilant1 to Jet Jaguar

    FWIW, I heard a rumor that Israel is developing stealthy FAST packs for the F-35. These are conformal packs that attach to the sides of the fuselage and carry extra fuel, electronics and weapons. When the Israelis first developed the FAST packs for the F-15, our Air Force bought them and used them to create the F-15E Strike Eagle interdiction aircraft. Boeing is using their own version of the FAST pack in the F-15ES Silent Eagle. If the Israelis can make stealthy FAST packs for the F-35, it would likely mean the ability to carry two additional AMRAAMs or 1,000 pound bombs, as well as several hundred miles more range. That would be a very nice increase in capability.

  • Group Tied to Pakistani Terrorist to Parade in Binghamton, NY

    03/31/2008 4:06:35 PM PDT · 9 of 27
    Vigilant1 to Sammy67; All
    First Amendment freedom of expression applies to *all* groups, even very unpopular ones. In fact, unpopular speech is the most important thing to protect, as it is the first attacked. Free speech protections must not be eroded just because assh*les take advantage of that inalienable right. The correct response here is to use your free speech to counterprotest.
  • Al Qaeda Confession: Only 200 Foreign Terrorists are left in Iraq.

    12/04/2007 7:37:32 PM PST · 37 of 294
    Vigilant1 to jveritas; All
  • South Korea Unveils Asia’s Biggest Amphibious Landing Vessel

    10/01/2007 12:42:29 AM PDT · 8 of 17
    Vigilant1 to Husker24
    H24:
    "It looks like an escort carrior, how does this thing come ashore."

    It does not come ashore. It launches conventional or air cushion landing craft and/or amphibious armored vehicles from a floodable well deck with a big door in the stern of the ship. This allows it to put troops and equipemnt on the beach. It also carries a number of helicopters. This allows the insertion of troops farther inland.

    If the South Koreans get Harriers or F-35 Lightning IIs, this vessel could also be used for escort or sea control missions.

  • Murder and oil mayhem plunge Iran’s strongman into crisis

    07/01/2007 5:20:06 PM PDT · 13 of 16
    Vigilant1 to Virginia Ridgerunner; All
    Note: The date on the article is June 1st, not July 1st.
  • Bill Would Allow Arrests For No Reason In Public Place

    12/23/2005 9:42:18 PM PST · 21 of 72
    Vigilant1 to sourcery; All
    This is a 'people license', like a dog license. If the dogcatcher finds a dog loose in public without a license, he catches it and takes it straight to the pound. Now, you will have to have your 'people license', or the first LEO that stops you will take *you* to the 'pound'.

    If someone cannot see how fundamentally offensive it is to have to go to a government bureaucrat, beg their permission and pay them a fee for a government license to merely exist in public, then there is no point trying to explain it to them. Any sane, cognizant person can see what a grotesque abomination this is.

  • Are you a Republican or Democrat

    12/15/2005 5:46:02 PM PST · 44 of 115
    Vigilant1 to staytrue
    does a glock 40 really have 9 bullets in the magazine ?

    The full-size version (the Glock 22 - 4-1/2" barrel) holds 15 rounds in the mag; the compact version (the Glock 23 - 4" barrel) hold 13 rounds in the mag; and the subcompact version (the Glock 27 - 3-1/2" barrel) hold 9 rounds in the mag.

  • Lions kill 20 peasants in Ethiopia

    09/24/2005 7:54:27 PM PDT · 14 of 62
    Vigilant1 to Uncle Joe Cannon

    Lions are open-country predators. They do not live in the forest. They live in the plains and desert. So how is deforestation supposedly effecting them?

  • 21 Test Positive For Tuberculosis At Oxford School (Pa)

    05/20/2005 3:18:10 PM PDT · 13 of 14
    Vigilant1 to oldironsides

    The link to this article is no good, and a Google News search turns up nothing on it. Do you have a valid link?

  • D.C. Personal Protection Act Introduced in Senate

    05/19/2005 1:34:23 PM PDT · 4 of 30
    Vigilant1 to neverdem

    This will have the Brady Bunch foaming at the mouth. ;^)

  • The War For The Soul Of America - Keeping God In Our Pledge

    04/28/2005 4:52:50 PM PDT · 7 of 7
    Vigilant1 to KevinNuPac

    One thing that many folks do not realize is that Rev. Bellamy meant the Pledge to be a thumb in the eye to pro-secession Southerners who were still bitter about the Civil War. That is the intent behind the phrase, "One nation, indivisible....".

  • Military Modernization

    03/30/2005 6:36:46 PM PST · 39 of 102
    Vigilant1 to FierceKulak; All
    I like the idea of small, fast, stealthy aircraft carriers with a surface effect ship (SES) hull configuration. That is a catamaran design where air is trapped between the two sponsoons to generate lift at speed, reducing drag by literally lifing most of hull up out of the water. The catamaran design has a lot more deckspace for a given displacement, which is a good thing for a carrier. Some SESs are capable of up to 80 knots in calm waters.

    If these ships were equipped with an array of short VLS tubes that can take either the Harpoon, SLAM or the new VLS version of the AMRAAM, that would make for a good compact offensive/defensive missle suite with only about 10 feet of hull penetration depth required for the VLS pods. RIM-116 RAM launchers could take care of close-in defense against supersonic antiship cruise missles like the Russian Sunburn. The Bofors 57mm Mk. 110 gun would also make for a good piece of offensive/defensive ordnance capable of taking on both surface and air targets, including small suicide speedboats. A pair of lightweight triple mk. 50 torpedo launchers would provide an antisub capability, and possibly ASW rockets like the 127mm ones carried by the new Skjold-class corvettes. Of course, you would also need all the usual defensive gear; chaff, IR decoys, jamming, ectetera, as well as comms, radars and fire control systems.

    As for the layout, a ski-jump type runway along one side would be offset by a command island and the other weapon installations forward on the other side. A hangar deck could be under the rear portion of the flight deck. The configuration would be similar to the British light carriers, only smaller. I would think such an SES carrier with a displacement of around 3,500 tons could handle four to six F-35 VTOL variants and a couple SH-60s, as well as a few surveillance UAVs. The cost of the ship itself should not be much more than the cost of a modern frigate. This is where the SES catamaran design really pays off, with its very large deckspace for such a small displacement ship.

    Such a ship would be extremely flexible, having a great multi-mission capability. If combined with smaller corvette-sized SESs, like the Navy 'Streetfighter' concept, it would provide a powerful force capable of force projection into shallow and confined seas with greater safety and less exposure than with a standard carrier.

    BTW, let me make it clear that I am proposing these as an adjuct to our large carriers, not a replacement. These fast, stealthy mini-carriers would certainly be useful, but are not up to the type of sustained heavy operations that our full-sized carriers have engaged in so many times in the past.

  • Getting real with IDs

    02/18/2005 7:27:26 PM PST · 41 of 64
    Vigilant1 to 82Marine89; k2blader; Jim Robinson
    82Marine89:
    "Only going on the information that I have read, the bill set guidlines for state driver's licenses. I don't see were it would impose a 'National I.D.' system."

    ----------

    I responded to this same question by k2blader on another thread. Here is my response:

    For many of us who are completely against open borders, the problem is uniform drivers license standards, which are a de facto national ID card. They could not get a national ID requirement passed through the front door, so they are using the back door and disguising it as a way to control illegal immigration, something it will *never* accomplish.

    Uniform DL standards are a step on the road toward the ultimate goal. That goal is making it mandatory that you have government-approved ID with you that must be produced on demand. Think "are your papers in order, citizen?"

    If you wonder what is wrong with that, think of this. Many cities require dog license. If a dog is found without a license, it can be captured and taken to the pound on the spot, no questions asked. A *mandatory* national is the same type of thing; a people license. You must beg some government bureaucrat's permission, fill out their forms and pay them a fee to merely enjoy your inalienable right to exist, to walk the world as a free citizen. If we allow that inalienable right to be converted to a mere privilege, then we are certainly no better than slaves, allowed the freedom to leave the plantation only at our master's discretion. A national ID is a major step on the road to that abomination just as much as gun registration is a precursor to eventual confiscation of all firearms.

    There are other reasons to pass this bill. The idea is that mandating federal standards and unifying state ID info from all the states into a single database accessible to fedgov agencies creates a defacto national ID. Once they get this, your state ID personal data (your name, address, description, photo, what cars you own, etcetera) will be accessible nationwide to any federal agency or LEO who wants to look at it or use it to verify your identity. The digital DL photos can be used with facial recognition software. Since the new bill would require biometric markers to verify identity, and by far the most common and practical biometric marker is fingerprints, the feds will likely get everyone's prints, even if you have never been arrested. Federal law enforcement agencies will finally have personal data on virtually every American over the age of 16. They will use that as starting point to build a dossier on us all. Those states wishing to refuse to conform to federal DL standards or tie their state DL databases into the fedgov database would be in violation of federal law. So much for states' rights and personal privacy.

    They are using the idea of somehow controlling illegal immigration with this measure as a bait to suck in conservative support for this bill. Do not be taken in by it.

  • House passes controversial immigration bill (to deny illegals licenses,provide anti-terror measures)

    02/18/2005 7:19:19 PM PST · 29 of 29
    Vigilant1 to Texasforever
    Tf:
    "Baloney"
    ----------

    You have no facts or intellegent comments to offer, do you?

  • Getting real with IDs

    02/18/2005 7:08:24 PM PST · 40 of 64
    Vigilant1 to k2blader

    Thanks!

  • House passes controversial immigration bill (to deny illegals licenses,provide anti-terror measures)

    02/16/2005 12:23:14 AM PST · 27 of 29
    Vigilant1 to k2blader
    k2blader:
    "Would this give the feds more info than they already have from our Social Security ID?"
    ----------

    State DL info gives them your description, photo, what vehicles you own and your driving record. DL photos are now digital, and can be used for stuff like facial recognition software.

    Since the new bill would require biometric markers to verify identity, by far the most common and practical biometric marker is fingerprints. So the feds will likely get everyone's prints as well, even if you have never been arrested.

    Compared to the minimial info in the Social Security database, that is a treasure trove of info for federal LEOs who want to know more about any American.

  • House passes controversial immigration bill (to deny illegals licenses,provide anti-terror measures)

    02/14/2005 8:12:06 PM PST · 25 of 29
    Vigilant1 to k2blader
    k2blader:
    "And I'm not saying you're wrong, but I just didn't see anything about national ID's in the article. I'll have to look into that more..."
    ----------

    They tried the direct approach to a national ID card a couple years back, and that was soundly rejected. Now they are trying a back door approach; uniform federal standards with biometric requirements for state-issued drivers licenses and state ID cards.

    The idea is that mandating federal standards and unifying state ID info from all the states into a single database accessible to fedgov agencies creates a defacto national ID. Once they get this, your state ID personal data (your name, address, description, photo, what cars you own, etcetera) will be accessible nationwide to any federal agency or LEO who wants to look at it or use it to verify your identity. Federal law enforcement agencies will finally have personal data on virtually every American over the age of 16. They will use that as starting point to build a dossier on us all. Those states wishing to refuse to conform to federal DL standards or tie their state DL databases into the fedgov database would be in violation of federal law. So much for states' rights and personal privacy.

    They are using the idea of somehow controlling illegal immigration with this measure as a bait to suck in conservative support for this bill. Do not be taken in by it.

  • House passes controversial immigration bill (to deny illegals licenses,provide anti-terror measures)

    02/14/2005 2:41:03 AM PST · 23 of 29
    Vigilant1 to kizzdogg
    kizzdogg:
    "But I still don't like how illegals can get a driver's liecense, or any government issued ID."
    ----------

    Agreed. Also, the Matricula Consular cards should not be officially recognized in any way.

  • House passes controversial immigration bill (to deny illegals licenses,provide anti-terror measures)

    02/14/2005 2:39:21 AM PST · 22 of 29
    Vigilant1 to k2blader
    k2blader:
    "Just to clarify, do you support the bill?"
    ----------

    No, I cannot support the bill with the drivers license provisions in it. Here are my ideas on dealing with the immigration problem.

    - Repeal the naturalization clause in the Fourteenth Amendment.

    The Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution

    Section 1.
    excerpt:
    "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.

    This clause is why pregnant illegals flock to America to give birth within our borders. This is sweet pogey bait for illegals, and must be repealed. If illegals have a kid here, the kid would be an illegal, and subject to deportation with its parents.

    - Strengthen and enforce immigration laws. Illegals must be hunted down, arrested and deported for their first offense. All subsequent offenses should involve serious prison time, followed by mandatory deportation. Say five years for the second offense, and twenty years for each offense thereafter. Sheriff Joe Arpaio has the right idea; tents in the desert inside a fenced enclosure to house offenders. That will make them think twice about breaking our immigration laws.

    - Vigorously investigate and prosecute those who employ illegals. If there's no jobs for them here, the incentive to come here is gone. We can revive guest worker programs so we have workers to pick our crops once the illegals are excluded from doing that. The guest worker programs can be strictly controlled, and the workers will pay taxes here like any other worker, and be sent home when the picking season is over. Those that try to stay must be hunted down and jailed, losing their right to be a guest worker again for life. People should only be allowed to sign up for guest worker programs in their home nation. Anyone entering illegally should be banned from the guest worker programs for life.

    - Eliminate all benefits for illegals. Subsidizing criminal behavior with taxpayer dollars is insane. It must stop. 'No benefits for illegals' should be written into federal law, witholding federal monies from any state refusing to comply.

    - Build a real border fence. I hear people say that this would cost too much, which is an idiotic argument. The idea that we can't find a few $billion$ in a $2 trillion$ annual federal budget is laughable. The cost of one B2 bomber would be more than enough.

    - Use our technology. We have amazing sensor technology, unmanned drones like the Predator drone used by our military, ground-penetrating radar to find tunnels, imaging infrared 'heat cameras', seismic ground sensors, ground radar, etc. Technology is a great force multiplier, and it will make our Border Patrol agents far more effective.

    - Beef up the Border Patrol. Border Patrol agents know their territory intimately and are trained & properly equipped for their specific job. The Border Patrol could be easily be increased in strength almost overnight by transferring LEO-trained federal employees from other agencies. For instance, both the Energy Department and Housing & Urban Development Department have their own SWAT teams (no joke!). There are many others in our myriad bloated federal agencies. If these people were transferred to the Border Patrol, given a quick orientation, and formed into teams supervised by experienced Border Patrol agents, that could quickly increase the strength and effectiveness of the Border Patrol. Other fedgov employees could take over desk jobs and some border crossing inspection duties, freeing up even more experienced Border Patrol agents to go out in the field, where they are really needed. This is doable, especially in our present political climate.

    - Citizen action. The counties along the border are sick and tired of cross-border crime and all the problems caused by illegals. All they need do is to make citizen posses an election issue, and elect sheriffs that will deputize armed citizen patrols, as Sheriff Joe Arpaio did for crime control in the Phoenix area. These citizens would then have the power to arrest and detain illegals and turn them over to the Border Patrol or INS. In those counties where a sympathetic sheriff can't be elected, it is still perfectly legal for citizens to go into the open desert and run reconnaissance and tracking ops. They can then call the Border Patrol radio dispatcher, and guide Border Patrol agents to the groups of illegals they're tracking.
    ----------

    Once we have removed the pogey bait of jobs, benefits and automatic citizenship for their children that we lay out for illegals, and replaced them with serious penalties for breaking our immigration laws and greatly strengthened border defenses, the tide will be stemmed. At that point our new better border security will finally work. There will no longer be a flood of illegals for terrorists to hide in, and catching them trying to sneak in over the border will be doable.

    I would even reluctantly agree to one last amnesty for illegals, if and only if it was as part of package instituting all of the above reforms. The toughest one would be repealing the Fourteenth Amendment naturalization clause, for obvious reasons. We also need a national leader dedicated to bringing the illegal immigration problem under control, a person willing to campaign vigorously for these reforms. Sadly, I fear that the political will to institute these measures will not exist until after another major terrorist attack on American soil. :^(

  • House passes controversial immigration bill (to deny illegals licenses,provide anti-terror measures)

    02/14/2005 1:40:22 AM PST · 20 of 29
    Vigilant1 to k2blader
    k2blader:
    "Just to clarify, do you support the bill?"
    ----------

    No, I cannot support the bill in its present form with the national ID provisions. Here are my ideas on how to deal with the illegal immigration problem.

    - Repeal the naturalization clause in the Fourteenth Amendment.

    The Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution

    Section 1.
    excerpt:
    "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.

    This clause is why pregnant illegals flock to America to give birth within our borders. This is sweet pogey bait for illegals, and must be repealed. If illegals have a kid here, the kid would be an illegal, and subject to deportation with its parents.

    - Strengthen and enforce immigration laws. Illegals must be hunted down, arrested and deported for their first offense. All subsequent offenses should involve serious prison time, followed by mandatory deportation. Say five years for the second offense, and twenty years for each offense thereafter. Sheriff Joe Arpaio has the right idea; tents in the desert inside a fenced enclosure to house offenders. That will make them think twice about breaking our immigration laws.

    - Vigorously investigate and prosecute those who employ illegals. If there's no jobs for them here, the incentive to come here is gone. We can revive guest worker programs so we have workers to pick our crops once the illegals are excluded from doing that. The guest worker programs can be strictly controlled, and the workers will pay taxes here like any other worker, and be sent home when the picking season is over. Those that try to stay must be hunted down and jailed, losing their right to be a guest worker again for life. People should only be allowed to sign up for guest worker programs in their home nation. Anyone entering illegally should be banned from the guest worker programs for life.

    - Eliminate all benefits for illegals. Subsidizing criminal behavior with taxpayer dollars is insane. It must stop. 'No benefits for illegals' should be written into federal law, witholding federal monies from any state refusing to comply.

    - Build a real border fence. I hear people say that this would cost too much, which is an idiotic argument. The idea that we can't find a few $billion$ in a $2 trillion$ annual federal budget is laughable. The cost of one B2 bomber would be more than enough.

    - Use our technology. We have amazing sensor technology, unmanned drones like the Predator drone used by our military, ground-penetrating radar to find tunnels, imaging infrared 'heat cameras', seismic ground sensors, ground radar, etc. Technology is a great force multiplier, and it will make our Border Patrol agents far more effective.

    - Beef up the Border Patrol. Border Patrol agents know their territory intimately and are trained & properly equipped for their specific job. The Border Patrol could be easily be increased in strength almost overnight by transferring LEO-trained federal employees from other agencies. For instance, both the Energy Department and Housing & Urban Development Department have their own SWAT teams (no joke!). There are many others in our myriad bloated federal agencies. If these people were transferred to the Border Patrol, given a quick orientation, and formed into teams supervised by experienced Border Patrol agents, that could quickly increase the strength and effectiveness of the Border Patrol. Other fedgov employees could take over desk jobs and some border crossing inspection duties, freeing up even more experienced Border Patrol agents to go out in the field, where they are really needed. This is doable, especially in our present political climate.

    - Citizen action. The counties along the border are sick and tired of cross-border crime and all the problems caused by illegals. All they need do is to make citizen posses an election issue, and elect sheriffs that will deputize armed citizen patrols, as Sheriff Joe Arpaio did for crime control in the Phoenix area. These citizens would then have the power to arrest and detain illegals and turn them over to the Border Patrol or INS. In those counties where a sympathetic sheriff can't be elected, it is still perfectly legal for citizens to go into the open desert and run reconnaissance and tracking ops. They can then call the Border Patrol radio dispatcher, and guide Border Patrol agents to the groups of illegals they're tracking.
    ----------

    Once we have removed the pogey bait of jobs, benefits and automatic citizenship for their children that we lay out for illegals, and replaced them with serious penalties for breaking our immigration laws and greatly strengthened border defenses, the tide will be stemmed. At that point our new better border security will finally work. There will no longer be a flood of illegals for terrorists to hide in, and catching them trying to sneak in over the border will be doable.

    I would even reluctantly agree to one last amnesty for illegals, if and only if it was as part of package instituting all of the above reforms. The toughest one would be repealing the Fourteenth Amendment naturalization clause, for obvious reasons. We also need a national leader dedicated to bringing the illegal immigration problem under control, a person willing to campaign vigorously for these reforms. Sadly, I fear that the political will to institute these measures will not exist until after another major terrorist attack on American soil. :^(

  • House passes controversial immigration bill (to deny illegals licenses,provide anti-terror measures)

    02/13/2005 2:46:00 PM PST · 13 of 29
    Vigilant1 to k2blader; kizzdogg
    kizzdog:
    "Why oh why is this controversial?"

    k2blader:
    "Per the above, I think it's "controversial" mainly to the open borders types. And/or employers of illegals."
    ----------

    For many of us who are completely against open borders, the problem is uniform drivers license standards, which are a de facto national ID card. They could not get a national ID requirement passed through the front door, so they are using the back door and disguising it as a way to control illegal immigration, something it will *never* accomplish.

    Uniform DL standards are a step on the road toward the ultimate goal. That goal is making it mandatory that you have government-approved ID with you that must be produced on demand. Think "are your papers in order, citizen?"

    If you wonder what is wrong with that, think of this. Many cities require dog license. If a dog is found without a license, it can be captured and taken to the pound on the spot, no questions asked. A *mandatory* national is the same type of thing; a people license

    . You must beg some government bureaucrat's permission, fill out their forms and pay them a fee to merely enjoy your inalienable right to exist, to walk the world as a free citizen. If we allow that inalienable right to be converted to a mere privilege, then we are certainly no better than slaves, allowed the freedom to leave the plantation only at our master's discretion. A national ID is a major step on the road to that abomination just as much as gun registration is a precursor to eventual confiscation of all firearms.

    And that is a major reason why this bill is controversial.

  • Gun ban lobby's own web poll shows support for CCW (Freep this poll!)

    01/17/2005 5:32:04 PM PST · 1 of 33
    Vigilant1
    The poll results now stand at 98% in favor of CCW.
  • Tips on Tsunami Relief Appeals

    01/02/2005 5:28:30 PM PST · 1 of 5
    Vigilant1
    Websites that rate charity orgs

    Give.org

    Charity Navigator

    Charity Watch

    Charity Guide

  • XM-8 Is Gun of the Future

    08/12/2004 3:43:34 PM PDT · 59 of 67
    Vigilant1 to All
  • XM-8 Is Gun of the Future

    08/10/2004 1:16:52 AM PDT · 48 of 67
    Vigilant1 to TomasUSMC

    'Marine' = 'Marines'