Thursday, May 06, 2010

In my defense

I expect the cops to come kick in my door any minute now. What was my offense?

Let me start at the beginning. I ride my bike on almost all my local in-town trips. A few days ago, on my journey to the post office to pick up my mail, a dachshund ran out into the street to attack me. I pedalled faster and still wasn't able to outrun him. I couldn't believe tiny legs could move that fast, but then, I'm not a racer.

Today as I passed the same house (on the opposite side of the street), he ran out to get me again. I hollered "No! Go away! No!" and he ignored me. I kicked at him and my foot hit him in the face. He yelped slightly. The dog broke off the attack and ran home. The dog's owner watched all this in silence from his porch. Never scolding the dog or calling it off.

I was not trespassing. I was not trying to antagonize the dog in any way. I was simply going about my business. I tried to scold the dog into leaving me alone. Yet, I am sure the owner saw my kick in self defense as an attack on his precious little doggy.

Last summer a local weimaraner came after me as my daughter and I rode past another house. That dog bit me on the leg, but I just kept pedaling harder to keep my daughter out of harm's way (she was in a trailer behind my bike). A few days later the weimaraner's owners were in the yard so I told them about the bite. They were less than concerned. They are lucky I am not a believer in using government force.

People who do not control their dogs do not love their dogs.

Albuquerque to follow in Arizona's missteps?

Albuquerque to follow in Arizona's missteps?

"Immigration reform". It was wrong of Arizona to do it. It will be wrong of Albuquerque or New Mexico to do it. It is wrong and unconstitutional, which means illegal, for the federal government to do it. Read the Constitution if you don't believe me, and show me where immigration control is specifically authorized. Don't bother trying to blame "general welfare" or the little "slave importation" blurb in (Article 1, Section 9) that is left to the states, either.

Just as you or I are not subject to the "laws" of Mexico, Canada, or Australia, neither are the people claimed by those or any other governments subject to the laws of the US government. For that matter, any "law" that attempts to regulate, prohibit, or control anything other than actual aggression, theft, or fraud is not a real law. It is a counterfeit "law" which has no legitimacy and is not binding.

It is not about where a person was born or where you think he "belongs". It is not about any of the side issues that are the frequent justifications for these liberty-killing policies. And wrong is wrong, no matter who does it- "illegal" or "citizen" makes not a bit of difference.

If you are concerned about people trespassing on your property, deal with the trespassers. Form posses; use remote cameras; build machine gun-wielding robots to defend your own property, but do not do any trespassing yourself while riding fence lines. If you do, the exact same rules apply to you as to any other trespasser, and you don't want to forget that fact. Remember, if you own property you can set the rules for people entering your property, but you have absolutely no say on your neighbor's rules, and whom they may allow or forbid on their property.

Aggression and theft are wrong no matter who is committing them. It is no more wrong for an independent migrant to kill or rob than it is for a "citizen" of the US, or for a LEO or federal agent, to kill or rob. Focus on the problem, the aggression or theft, not on people you wish to find a reason to hate or fear.

Don't forget that the stupid and evil Drug War- Prohibition, Part 2- is the main cause of the border violence. Government-caused problems can only be solved by getting government completely out of the picture, not by giving government more power.