#GunControl Has LAPD produced fake “rocket launchers” before?

January 8, 2013

Following up on this story. It seems the press conference at which LAPD Chief Charlie Beck produced supposed rocket launchers as evidence of the need for stricter firearms regulations wasn’t the first time. They may even have been the same pieces:

But upon looking into this story further, it appears that Chief Beck has played this game at least once before and with what may have been the exact same device.

Back in May, Beck again paraded before the media with a “rocket launcher” he claimed his department had received during a gun buyback program. That piece, too, was clearly marked “trainer” and was incapable of ever firing any rockets.

All this raises many questions. Did the police really ever receive any such devices in its gun buyback programs? Is this just a repeat tactic that Chief Beck is using to scare the public and make it seem as if his program is working? Do the Chief and his department understand at all the the devices he keeps claiming are “rocket launchers” are really nothing but harmless plastic tubes? Why do these “rocket launchers” keep showing up in L.A. buyback programs but not anywhere else in the country? Finally, why hasn’t the media questioned Chief Beck about his repeated rocket launcher claim?

That last question is easy to answer: the LA Times, which should be the lead source for investigative journalism in the City of the Angels, is a liberal paper heavily invested in, among other leftish dogma, the necessity and wisdom of gun control. It would never occur to them (nor to our pathetic local news stations) to even slightly question Beck’s claims, because it fits their preferred narrative.

As to Huston’s other questions, I’d love to see the answers, but I’m not holding my breath.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

January 8, 2013

I have very mixed feelings about this: On the one hand, Giffords is an incredibly sympathetic figure for the nightmare she went through. On the other, I’m left very uncomfortable by the exploitation of her shooting to render invalid and immoral the arguments of those concerned with the preservation of constitutional rights and liberties. One can almost hear the “absolute moral authority card” being played. Beyond that, the “responsible solutions” I suspect Giffords’ group will seek simply don’t address the problem and don’t work.

Earlier posts about gun control.

To no one’s surprise except Obama voters, another business cuts employee hours to pay for Obamacare

January 8, 2013
"But at least we won the election! Obama!!"

“But at least we won the election! Obama!!”

This time it’s a Wendy’s franchise in Omaha:

A fast-food chain is slashing employee hours so franchise owners don’t have to pay health benefits. Around 100 local Wendy’s workers have learned their hours are being cut. A spokesperson says a new health care law is to blame.

“Thirty-six to 37 hours a week.” That’s how many hours T.J. Growbeck works at the 84th and Giles Wendy’s restaurant. The money he earns helps him pay for the basics, but that’s not the case for all his co-workers. “There are some people doing it trying to get by.”

The company has announced that all non-management positions will have their hours reduced to 28 a week. Gary Burdette, Vice President of Operations for the local franchise, says the cuts are coming because the new Affordable Health Care Act requires employers to offer health insurance to employees working 32-38 hours a week. Under the current law they are not considered full time and that as a small business owner, he can’t afford to stay in operation and pay for everyone’s health insurance.

I won’t even bother to say something snarky about affected workers who may have voted for Obama (though, being Nebraska, I suspect there were few). I’ll just refer you to other posts under “Elections Have Consequences.”

But, once again, we see economically illiterate people (h/t Jim Hoft) hooting like monkeys at a business for responding rationally to changes in their costs to do business. Say it after me: “Health care is a cost, it is never free.”

If you make a business pay more to conduct business, as ObamaCare does, it has to recoup those costs somehow, or go out of business. (And yes, Lefties, not making profit to the owner’s satisfaction is a legitimate reason to go out of business. He’s not running a charity.) It can pass the cost on to the customer, or it can cut costs. One way to do so is to cut staff hours to avoid the ridiculously low definition of “full-time” written into ObamaCare.

As far as I’m concerned, this businessman did exactly the right thing in light of the burdens laid on him by progressive statists in D.C. And you can bet you’re going to see a lot more of this as the effects of ObamaCare spread.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)