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"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

When Crazy Is Against the Law …

Posted on | January 5, 2016 | 59 Comments

. . . only outlaws will be crazy:

Delivering on its promise to deliver “common sense” gun control, the Obama administration on Monday finalized a rule that enables health care providers to report the names of mentally ill patients to an FBI firearms background check system.
The action was one of a series of steps that President Barack Obama had called for in January 2013 in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings to curb gun violence, but the rule was not published until today.
While the 1993 Brady law prohibits gun ownership by individuals who have been involuntarily committed, found incompetent to stand trial or otherwise deemed by a court to be a danger to themselves or others, federal health care privacy rules prohibited doctors and other providers from sharing information without the consent of their patients.
Under the rule, which takes effect next month, for the first time health providers can disclose the information to the background check system without legal repercussions.
“The disclosure is restricted to limited demographic and certain other information needed for NICS purposes,” the rule states.

So when you use your ObamaCare insurance to get free mental health treatment, the doctor will report you to the FBI.

This should work out nicely. Thanks, Big Government!

UPDATE: Apparatchiks in the Politburo have been busy, comrades:

The White House released a fact-sheet Jan. 4 which previews the executive gun control Obama will unveil Tuesday and one aspect of the new controls is the inclusion of “information from the Social Security Administration in the background check system about beneficiaries who are prohibited from possessing a firearm.” . . .
According to the White House executive order preview:

Current law prohibits individuals from buying a gun if, because of a mental health issue, they are either a danger to themselves or others or are unable to manage their own affairs. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has indicated that it will begin the rulemaking process to ensure that appropriate information in its records is reported to NICS. The reporting that SSA, in consultation with the Department of Justice, is expected to require will cover appropriate records of the approximately 75,000 people each year who have a documented mental health issue, receive disability benefits, and are unable to manage those benefits because of their mental impairment, or who have been found by a state or federal court to be legally incompetent.

Now, if only they could ban these kooks from Tumblr . . .



  • Finrod Felagund

    Coffee for me is just a source of caffeine. I’ve discovered through experience that caffeine alone doesn’t do it for me; I need a balance of caffeine and sugar to get anything out of it.

  • Finrod Felagund

    “If we weren’t all crazy, we’d all go insane.”

  • Ilion

    Why ruin a good cup by putting ‘joe’ in it?

  • Ilion

    I’ll bet trying to get Wite-Out to go through the line is a real bear.

  • Steve Skubinna

    They also hate him because he was the first political theorist to describe politics as it is, not as it should be in some utopia.

    And it’s flawed, corrupt and dirty. So they blame him for it, which is much like blaming Louis Pasteur for cholera.

  • Steve Skubinna

    “Some people claim that there’s a woman to blame, but I know… it’s my own damn fault.”

  • Steve Skubinna

    Q: How can you tell a blond has been using the computer?
    A: There’s Wite-Out on the monitor.

    Q: How can you tell a Marine has been using the computer?
    A: The Wite-Out is initialed.

  • Steve Skubinna

    One of my favorite old school SF novels is H. Beam Piper’s Lone Star Planet. It is not illegal to kill politicians on that planet, only to use inappropriate force doing so.

  • NeoWayland

    If the tea doesn’t work for me, I buy Code Red Mountain Dew. I’ll do coffee if it’s all I have.

    Back in my university days, a friend and I came up with the Stuff. You take a pint of vanilla Hagen-Daaz, put it in a huge thermal mug, and cover it with double strength Circle K coffee. You feel it for 24 hours. I stopped using it after I turned 30.