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TEXAS LAWMAKERS: ‘WACO SHOOTOUT A HUGE BLESSING’

imageWACO, Texas (The Adobo Chronicles)  – The biker gang shootout at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco that killed nine and left 17 more injured is a “blessing,” according to Texas lawmakers.

State legislators made this comment as they prepared to take up a firearms open carry bill authored by Republican Rep. Larry Phillips.  The measure would allow licensed gun owners the right to open carry in most public places.

Gov. Greg Abbott and the Legislature’s strong Republican majority have pushed open carry as an important gun rights and self-defense measure. Most Democrats have opposed it, noting concerns from police in the state’s largest cities and gun control advocates about public safety. The state Senate has already passed its own open carry bill.

“We don’t need any more testimony from those who support the proposed measure, or from  those who oppose it. The Waco shootout was a sign from God to push us in approving the gun rights law,” the legislators said in unison.

“If citizens had been allowed to carry handguns and other firearms openly in public, the biker gang members involved in the shootout would have been afraid to shoot knowing that the restaurant owners and patrons would have joined in the gun fight, just like people see in Wild Wild West movies,” they added.

Expect a smooth sailing for Phillips’ bill this week. Governor Abbott says he can’t wait to sign the bill into law

 

 

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PHILIPPINE SENATOR LEGISLATES FROM INSIDE HIS JAIL CELL

Senator Estrada
Senator Estrada

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – It is often said that misery needs company and that corrupt officials want to flock together. Such seems to be the case with one Filipino senator who continues to legislate as a member of the Senate despite being in jail.

Senator Jinggoy Estrada is in prison for charges of plunder and 11 counts of graft in connection with the alleged misuse of his Priority Development Assistance Fund, more popularly known as pork barrel.

Estrada has called on the Senate Blue Ribbon committee to conduct an inquiry into the alleged anomalous activities at the Bureau of Customs (BOC), particularly efforts to raise P3 billion in campaign funds for the administration party for the elections next year.

He filed Senate Resolution 1306, calling for the probe, after the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) alleged that the BOC was being forced to raise the amount for the Liberal Party’s campaign in 2016.

Resigned Customs chief John Philip Sevilla, however, had denied the allegation.

“There is a need to immediately investigate and address this matter to prevent the public money to be used for a particular person’s or group’s  political agenda,” the resolution read.

Estrada’s critics immediately reacted to the proposed legislation by asking, “What about the public money you pocketed, Mr. Senator?”

The senator, who is the son of former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, mainstains that his proposal shows his continuing commitment to public service and his oath of office as an elected official. (Joseph Estrada was, himself, convicted and imprisoned for corruption during his term as president, but was later pardoned by his successor President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.)

It’s more fun in the Philippines.

SARAH PALIN’S PROPOSAL TO SOLVE THE U.S. BORDER CRISIS: REINSTATE THE DRAFT

Sarah Palin: image of a strong president?
Sarah Palin: image of a strong president?

Washington, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – Former vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin appears to be stealing the limelight from her fellow Republicans who are in official positions in government.

First, she challenged Congress to impeach Barack Obama for what she called “illegal activities” of the president — from Obamacare, to Benghazi, to the VA healthcare scandal.  She thought members of Congress do not have “the guts” to initiate impeachment proceedings.  That didn’t sit well with Speaker John Boehner and other Republican leaders.

Now, fed up with the U.S. immigration issue capped in recent weeks by the border crisis involving unaccompanied children from Central America, Palin proposed what she thinks is the perfect solution:  reinstate the draft.

For more than 50 years, Selective Service and the registration for America’s young men have served as a backup system to provide manpower to the U.S. Armed Forces.  From 1948 until 1973, during both peacetime and periods of conflict, men were drafted to fill vacancies in the armed forces which could not be filled through voluntary means.  The draft formally ended in 1973.

Palin’s idea is to deploy American citizens recruited through the draft to line the entire perimeter of all U.S. borders with Mexico. Based on her expert calculation, the most effective way to deter unauthorized U.S. entry  through the borders is to station one draftee for every five feet of the border. “Now, that would make it impossible for unauthorized immigrants to slip through,” she said. “It will be a round-the-clock guarding and surveillance of the borders, with the draftees working on 8-hour shifts,” she added.

The U.S.-Mexico border spans a total of 1,954 miles or 10,317,120 feet.  With a draftee stationed every 5 feet, the border would need 2,063,424 draftees at any given time. Multiplied by three, 8-hour shifts, the total personnel required to secure the border is 6,190,272.

With her recent public statements, many suspect that Palin is trying to resurrect her visibility in preparation to run for president in 2016. She was quoted recently saying that if she became president, women will be included in the draft.  “I believe in equality,” she said.