The reason is that they simply can't protect their citizens. Fact is that the San Bernardino is so bankrupt that the city’s attorney is advising residents to “lock your doors and load your guns,” in the face of budgetary cuts that have downsized the police force by 80 officers.
City Attorney Jim Penman made his comments to about 150 residents at a council meeting assembled to address the uptick in crime, including the recent murder of an elderly woman. Since 2011, the California city has seen a 50% increase in murders.
“Let’s be honest, we don’t have enough police officers. We have too many criminals living in this city,” Penman told KCBS-TV. “We have had 45 murders this year. That’s far too high for a city of this size.”
Councilwoman Wendy McCommack, the organizer of the meeting, added, “You could tell the swell of frustration was coming over a lot of folks. They did not feel like they could get an officer out as quickly to some of the quality-of-life issues that they were dealing with as they would have preferred.”
Under fire for the blunt statement, the city attorney of 25 years didn’t back down. “You should say what you mean and mean what you say,” Penman insisted.
“I’m not advocating that people go out, who don’t have any training, and buy firearms. I certainly strongly caution anyone who has children at home not to have a loaded gun in the house,” said Penman.
McCommack defended the overall sentiment Penman expressed by saying, “We need to take our streets back, we need to take our neighborhoods back and we need to protect our homes, and that’s what I think Jim was trying to say.”
There are many other cities in California going through bankruptcy. Citizens have to adjust their lifestyle to the change that the Obama economy has brought us.
As more and more basic city, state and federal services are cut so that needed funds can go to the non-essentials that the government believes is politically necessary, the more and more basic services will not be available for citizens.
But then again, instead of working on solutions, many are too busy pointing fingers and still blaming Bush for the lousy economy.
As the economy gets worse, I see the federal government through the Obama administration doing less and less to help. He has already won his re-election. Now he has no reason to help anyone.
As for states and cities, I believe that states like California and their cities which believe that they can over-tax and regulate their citizens to spend their way out of the mess that they created are in for a lesson in basic economics.
They cannot keep increasing regulation and taxes on businesses and their citizens, then expect citizens jobs to be created or there to be money to spend. The jobs and the money simply won't be there. And like it or not, even die-hard Socialist have to come to terms with the fact that jobs and the ability for citizens to spend money are the factors that enable towns and cities and states and the federal government to afford the programs they want to push.
Many in government seem to believe that the basic foundation of what is supporting our economy can be attacked through over regulation and increased taxes while they just keep adding on non-essential services.
They are learning that every mule can only carry so much and choices have to be made.
If Montana citizen William Cox wasn't suckered into being the patsy for an Atheist group out of Ohio, then maybe he should reconsider how his decision to help those Atheist will effect his neighbors?
Religious persecution is not tricky or gray in any sense. It is either taking place or it isn't.
Sure those attempting to impose their own beliefs on others can try to be sneaky and underhanded. Sure they can be vicious or clandestine. But really, no matter if it's one religion trying to eliminate another or in the bigger sense what's happening in America with Atheist attacking Christians at every opportunity, it is easy to recognise.
The only real way to try to avoid seeing religious persecution take place around you, is to make a conscious effort to turn your back to it as it is taking place.
The latest example of Atheist practicing the religious persecution of Christians in the United States is taking place on a mountain top in Montana.
A statue of Jesus Christ near the Whitefish Mountain ski resort happens to sit on federal land. Now to everyone else in America, the normal response would be "Big Deal!"
But no one is saying that Atheist are normal, so the Freedom From Religion Foundation and local Atheist skier William Cox have filed a lawsuit to remove the statue that's been there since 1955.
A lawsuit seeking the removal of a Jesus statue near a Montana ski resort will go on after a national group of atheists and agnostics produced a local member who says he is offended by the religious symbol whenever he swooshes down the slopes.
The Knights of Columbus and four individuals had asked a judge to throw out the legal challenge because the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation had not named anyone actually harmed by the statue on federal land next to Whitefish Mountain Resort.
Without such a person, the Knights of Columbus argued, the foundation had no right to bring the lawsuit.
It sounds as though the Atheist foundation went forth and found fellow atheist William Cox, who lives 15 miles from the northwestern Montana resort.
I think Cox might have been sucked in to the lawsuit by the Godless group, but then again Cox submitted a statement that says he frequently goes to Whitefish and has skied many times past the statue - which he considers religious and offensive.
“The plaintiff Cox is a frequent skier and he has skied past the statue of Jesus at issue in this case many times each winter,” the complaint states.
“Mr. Cox also plans to continue his skiing on Big Mountain in the future, including this winter, when he will again have exposure to the Jesus statue at issue. As a regular skier on Big Mountain, the plaintiff Cox has frequent and unwanted contact and exposure to the Jesus statue when he is skiing on Big Mountain many times each winter. Mr. Cox perceives the statue of Jesus to be a patently religious display which he finds to be offensive on public land. Mr. Cox perceives the Jesus statue to be a conspicuously Roman Catholic monument," reports The Missoulian.
That was good enough for U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen to deny the Knights of Columbus' request Tuesday and to proceed with the lawsuit. A trial is scheduled for March.
Charlie Harball, the attorney representing the Knights of Columbus, said he had anticipated the judge's ruling but he believed the motion to dismiss had compelled the atheists to produce a person as they are required.
"If we hadn't filed the motion in the first place, we still might not have an individual named," Harball said. "It's kind of forcing people to do what they're supposed to do."
The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed the lawsuit in February, arguing the U.S. Forest Service is unconstitutionally sanctioning the 57-year-old statue maintained by the Knights of Columbus.
The statue was originally conceived by World War II veterans who saw similar shrines while fighting in the mountains of Italy and other countries in Europe.
Several out-of-state conservative and religious groups have pledged their support in defending the statue's existence on its 25-by-25 foot patch of land, saying it represents the history and heritage of the region.
The Forest Service initially decided last year not to reauthorize a special-use permit for the statue, but reversed that decision and said its historic nature allowed it to remain.
Attorneys for the Forest Service said in court filings they had no position on the Knights of Columbus' request to dismiss the lawsuit.
"I could just say, 'Hallelujah,'" Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, said. "It was very obliging of the judge to let it proceed."
I don't mind advising Atheist Ms Gaylor that "Hallelujah" means praise God. It really doesn't surprise me that an Atheist is ignorant about that, after all they are about so much more than that.
This lawsuit is another great example of the lengths that Atheist groups will go to just to attack any Christian symbol. There is no logic to their hate. And yes, you better believe that their actions are motivated by hate.
Federal land belongs to the people of the United States. It does not belong to any one belief. It actually belongs to all beliefs - as all beliefs constitute the whole of the American people.
It does not belong solely to those who believe in nothing. Their belief in nothing does not give them special rights to federal or state property.
Public properties, city, state or federal, are not administered by Atheists. They are governed by all Americans. Public property is not governed by groups like the Freedom From Religion Foundation - even if they assume so!
And yes, I believe that all Americans have the right to go to any federal park and sit there and pray to Jesus Christ - or to dance and howl at the moon if they want to - it's their right.
You see, public land belongs to all Americans. And since America is made up of multiple beliefs, all are owners of that land - not just those who believe in nothing like the Atheist at Freedom From Religion Foundation.
It's community property!
I can sit and pray and read my bible at any park in America if I want to because I - along with over 300+ Million Americans - own it.
It's the ultimate room-mate situation and the Atheists ought to find a way to get along with who they are sharing this room with.
If there were three young men in a dorm room in a college. All paying exactly the same for that room. All having the same rights to that room.
One were Christian, one were Muslim, and one a pagan. Would it be proper for the Muslim room-mate to tell the Christian that the bible on his nightstand offends him? Should he have the right to tell another to remove his small not violent not obscene book from the room because he has "frequent and unwanted contact and exposure" to Jesus?
It wouldn't happen. They would figure a way of getting along. They do, same as they do in the military.
So too should the people like Cox or those at the Freedom From Religion Foundation who believes in nothing. They should respect those others they are rooming with.
As I stated initially, if Cox wasn't sucked in and is not just the patsy for an Atheist group out of Ohio - then maybe he should reconsider how his decision to help those Atheist will effect his neighbors?
Since then, it has played a role in a number of naval missions, including deployments to Vietnam and to the Middle East as part of the U.S. response to the September 11, 2001, attacks. It returned from its final deployment about a month ago, said Navy spokesman Mike Maus.
"I told the president … that FEMA was giving us the royal finger. And he said, ‘FEMA works for me.’”
And yes, MSNBC's Chris Matthews was happy that Sandy took place because it allowed Obama to look in charge and presidential. I wish he would act presidential now and help those people.
Regulation Nation 101
Today is December 2nd, 2012. And yes, in the last 90 days the Obama administration has issued 5,798 new federal regulations.
To find out which might effect you or your business or our rights as citizens, check out Regulations.gov
Who manages Regulations.gov?
Well, Regulations.gov is managed by The eRulemaking Program Management Office with the assistance of partner Federal agencies. Yes, the government.
The eRulemaking Program was created in 2002 as an E-Government project and is managed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Yes, the EPA!
The eRulemaking Program says it is committed to:
■Increasing access to and participation in developing regulations and other related documents that impact you
■Promoting more efficient and effective rulemaking through public involvement
There's all sorts of information on this site and well worth a look. And maybe, just maybe, you might want to get involved in the process of making regulations.
We know they're going to make them anyway, that's just the nature of the beast, so why not try to get involved in the process.
By getting involved, maybe we can get the beast to work in favor of the American people? That my friends, would be a change from what has been taking place in recent years.
She actively campaigned for Republicans Richard Nixon and Barry Goldwater during her High School years. -- Her name is Hillary Clinton!