Jared Should Be Downgraded to Civilian!

Suppose that Hillary had won the presidency, and had hired Chelsea as a primary advisor with access to the highest classified documents. Suppose further that Chelsea had her final Security Clearance withheld for more than a year because the FBI was concerned with something in her background.

Conservatives would be enraged! They would be calling for Chelsea’s head and Hillary would be called a security risk herself for even appointing Chelsea to a presidential advisor office.

Nepotism seldom works! It certainly isn’t working here in the Trump administration. The latest is that the president’s son-in-law has had his security clearance downgraded. He should be downgraded to civilian.

It’s Not Easy

Bringing a knife or a pistol to a long gun fight was defined as suicide in my Texas youth.

Now I have no objection to arming teachers, but I recognize that most armed teachers will not run to the sound of gunfire, just as most Army Riflemen do not pull the trigger in a firefight.

Certainly some teachers will at least protect their classroom, as much in self defense as anything, but even that is an improvement.

Personally, I prefer a metal detector and bag check in a single point of entrance, but I recognize that a dedicated shooter can shoot his way past an armed entry, before a couple of armed guards can respond.

Combine an armed single entry with armed teachers and you start to harden the site.

A suicide shooter, well armed and with body armor can get into a school, or a government office for that matter…but they can be slowed and the body count can be reduced.

Somehow we have to get the trained and paid people in the Police, Sheriffs, and FBI to earn their pay! They blew the Florida shooter seven days to Sunday. Never have so many obvious errors caused so many deaths.

But, as well as we do, we don’t do enough. We can’t do enough, but we fall short by a huge measure.

I am glad that private groups step up. But they should not have to step up!

Not Enough!

Every time I write a check to the Disabled American Veterans I wonder why it is that our disabled troops don’t get EVERYTHING they deserve from the VA?

They don’t, of course, although certainly the VA in San Diego is rated excellent. They have excellent clinics open seven days a week, and they treat veterans with skill and care.

Our treatment of our Vets certainly improves on what happened to British wounded after they returned from defeating Napoleon at Waterloo, when those who lost limbs were consigned to begging on the streets of London by the thousands.

But, as well as we do, we don’t do enough. We can’t do enough, but we fall short by a huge measure.

I am glad that private groups step up. But they should not have to step up!

There is a Message There

It really makes me smile: Those CNN commentators who call for massive gun control to increase safety, passed through a massive badge, bag check and metal detector just to get into the CNN Atlanta building.

Despite widespread national anger at the liberals at CNN, even mentally disturbed conservatives don’t attack the CNN headquarters, because they know they can never get to whomever it is they particularly dislike.

There is a message there.

Red Flag Law

California has a law, AB-1014, that permits law enforcement to seize the guns of individuals who are adjudged by a Court to be a danger to themselves or others, or those convicted of spousal abuse. I know it because 10 individuals just had their guns seized in San Diego County. It is referred to as a “Red Flag Law.”

That law, had it been available in Florida could certainly have been used by his host family or law enforcement (who were called 39 times to the address) to seize Cruz’s weapon. Of course Cruz could always get another on the street, but at least Cruz would be on the Court’s attention as well as their feckless law enforcement.

There are only five states with the program that lets law enforcement seize those guns, with authority from the Court. The person whose guns are seized may have their guns returned only after they have gone to anger management classes, although I doubt any classes would have helped anyone as damaged as is Cruz.

Still, the law does what everyone agrees should be done — it keeps guns and the criminally damaged apart, at least for a short period and puts the Courts in the process.

No, I don’t have great confidence in the Courts, nor law enforcement, but between the two perhaps someone, somewhere, will do something right.

Sorry that their school didn’t have at least the protection of the Washington Post, the San Diego Union or NYTimes. Apparently we treasure Journalists more than School Children.

Get it Together!

Really bad time for the FBI!

Not only was the top fully active in trying to set up a bloodless coup to effect a win for Hillary over Trump, but the bottom botched two direct warnings over the Florida shooter.

I also believe they are complicit in the failure to complete more than 100 security clearances in the White House. If the FBI can’t clear you in 13 months, the must fail you. They have all the details within 90 days…you either must pass or fail.

Not good. We depend on the FBI. They need to get it together.

Chaos is Chaos!

Great! Russians have been indicted!

Donald Trump may not believe it, but the Russians tried to help him and hurt Hillary. They didn’t do it to support the concepts of Trumpism, or Trump, but to create chaos. Hillary was more of the same, but Trump would create chaos…although the Russians didn’t know in what direction, and they didn’t care.

Chaos is chaos, and chaos is weakening

Life Has Changed

O.K. Forget for a moment that it was a school, if you can, and think it was a big company that produced a highly unpopular product, one that attracted nuts to attack it with deadly force. This company is often attacked by crazed gunmen, with lethal effect.

Would this company have limited access, a metal detector run by armed guards? Would there be a security camera covering the outside area with facial recognition software, and a database of fired employees? Would those same facial recognition cameras be spotted around the entire corporate facility? Would there be armed roaming patrols, and a colored light system throughout to warn the patrol which sector they are needed?

And would certain vulnerable officers of the corporation, like CEO and the Personnel Officer as well as any front line manager be armed, if they wished?

Now think about your local school

Cumulative Mistakes

It seems everyone knew about Cruz before he shot up the Florida school. Not everyone who is a loner in school is a potential mass murderer, bu when that loner is in mental health facilities, enamored of guns, fights in school, gets kicked out of school, is on the FBI radar, and posts photos of himself holding an AR 15 on social media…

How many clues do you need?

With 20/20 hindsight, schoolmates are saying that they knew if anyone was going to shoot up the school, it would be Cruz. He was banned from campus, so the teachers were alerted to be on the lookout for him.

In the US, we can’t lock people up for being weird, but we can refer them to mental exams often if we are parents, or even schools. This kid had not seen a mental health professional in a year, and his “family” permitted him access to a rifle. AR 15 sounds scary, but it is just a scary looking regular rifle, that he never should have had.

Cumulative mistakes.

What Will the President Sign?

Wow! How did 680,000 Dreamers turn into 1,800,000?

The answer, of course, is the “Chain Immigration” that the president says he abhors. Now that the Senate is discussing the issue, and the president has said that his plan, the only plan on the table, is the best one the Dreamers are going to get.

That was true for the moment, but only for the Dreamers. The question will be when the Senate plan is issued, what do we get in return? I suspect very little, or at least less than those issues in the president’s plan; the wall, and chain immigration.

Will the president sign a plan that doesn’t address chain immigration and the wall?