Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Second Storm

A FEMA search and rescuer from Task Force Indiana walks through a gate after checking a house in downtown Galveston, Texas

The War on Guns
The few hundred holdouts on Texas' ravaged Bolivar Peninsula will be required to leave in the next few days, and officials said Tuesday they are ready to use emergency powers to empty the barrier island scraped clean by Hurricane Ike.
They survived the first storm. Here comes the second.
"I don't want to do it," he said. "I'm doing it because it's in their best interests."
What's in another sovereign human being's "bests interests" ain't your call, judge. How leaving their homes and being placed in a government "shelter" (disarmed of course) is the preferable alternative seems debatable.

What's going to happen if someone still refuses, and is prepared to die--and kill--to defy you, judge?

What happens next will be a lesson to us all. Because it will show what we can expect if it's ever our turn.

[Via Stephen S]

UPDATE: Per "Comments," they're ready to impose "martial law." Which means we'll get to see if troops enforce disarmament.


Officials pledge to empty Ike-battered peninsula

Wednesday, September 17, 2008
- Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press Writers

GALVESTON, Texas - A few hundred holdouts could be forced to leave a barrier island that was leveled by Hurricane Ike, as President George W. Bush surveyed the damage by helicopter and urged Americans to donate money to victims.

Areas such as the resort barrier island of Bolivar Peninsula, just east of Galveston, were almost completely wiped out. Authorities say holdouts there will be required to leave in the next few days, and they are prepared to impose martial law if needed to empty the barrier island.

On the Bolivar Peninsula, Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough, the county's top elected official, said there is a "hardy bunch" of roughly 250 people still trying to live there, including some "old timers who aren't going to want to leave."

The Texas attorney general's office is looking into the legal options available to force the remaining residents leave, Yarbrough said. Local authorities say they are prepared to do whatever it takes to get residents to a safer place.


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