I read a news article today about California's pending proposition 47. It would change a lot of felony crimes in California to misdemeanors. Why? Because the prisons are too full. It was only about a year ago that Texas released a huge number of felons on the orders of a federal judge who felt their prisons were "overcrowded."
I'm not sure about the logic of these pronouncements. Just making something a misdemeanor to help with jail overflow doesn't change the heinous nature of the crime. Letting the perpetrators out on the street in short order will just put decent citizens at greater risk. The logic has gotten twisted somehow.
According to the 2010 Pew Report, there are approximately three million Moslems permanently living in the United States.
If just one percent of them listen to the ISIS on line entreaties for implementing Jihad in the United States, that would be 30,000 potential terrorists established in the continental U.S. One of the articles I read today said that the biggest source of converts to Islam is young black men in prison. No wonder the government is already covering their collective posteriors with warnings about "lone wolves."
The recent "near miss" in Australia ought to light a fire under the alphabet agencies. Australian security forces nailed some would be home grown Jihadi's before they could implement their plan to kidnap and behead ordinary Australian citizens. From the perspective of Islamic Fundamentalists, that was a good plan. Westerners don't deal with that sort of thing well, and the randomness of it would have been particularly effective. Of course, everybody has the "sardine defense" but that's not very comforting when you think about it. After all, even if most of the sardines escape the predators, it didn't work for the ones who got eaten.
Personally, I don't plan to be hanging around any malls for awhile. Other places that wouldn't be a good idea to linger near , based on past Islamic terrorism, would be schools, school buses, hospitals, theaters, or trains. Now is not the time to be flying on commercial airliners if you can help it.
My daughter has had to postpone her trip down to visit us. That means no new ferrets until January, although I had been planning on receiving some refugees from the ferret rescue in October when she came down. My two remaining ferrets need about four more companions to be really at ease. Six is just about the minimum for a colony.
In just a bit, I am going into town for supper, then I'm going to Walmart and pick up some ammo. Not because I really need more, but because I am bored and I have to have some justification to make the journey into town. It's expensive to drive the F250 that far and back for no reason. So I always invent a reason why I "have" to go. The truth is, I'm bored.