Story and pics here. I won't go into the lack of class involved in grinning while taking a selfie of yourself and the (quite attractive) Danish Prime Minister during a funeral. But look at the First Lady's iron stare. Then apparently she switched seats with her husband so as to separate him from the Prime Minister.
The gun violence prevention movement has won numerous victories in the year since the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, even as the media has often been quick to ordain the demise of the push for stronger gun laws that are overwhelmingly favored by the public .
"Jeez, something stinks at the ATF. Maybe somebody should investigate. Oh, wait, that would be me, wouldn't it?"
At best the ATF’s new techniques constitute illegal entrapment. At worst, they are downright tyrannical. Entrapment is legally permitted if a suspect initiates a crime in the presence of an undercover agent or if he can reasonably be deemed to have been predisposed to commit the crime when offered an opportunity to do so. But it is difficult to see how either of these tests is being met in the Bruner case or in others. Indeed, cases using entrapment are often thrown out of court if the government is seen to have put too much pressure on a suspect or to have made breaking the law so easy or attractive as to render restraint impossible. Per the paper’s report, ATF tactics involved offering ridiculous prices for firearms to attract straw purchasers, requesting that suspects buy specific firearms that carry tougher sentences, or, as it did in one case, showing a known felon how to saw off a shotgun so that they could charge him with a more serious violation when he did it. Will anyone claim that these tactics are legal? That they are immoral, too, needs less spelling out.
Of course, the DOJ is starting its tried-and-true cover-up mode already: "Justice Department supports probe into ATF rogue tactics."
Mike Vanderboegh has the latest developments on the nest of government spies.
Way Up North asks, "What is our responsibility toward the poor?"
The Market Ticker provides an example of healthcare rape.
Nicki has more on the imbecile who has proposed to destroy the 2nd Amendment.
WRSA points to a piece that shows how the leviathans gradually make more and more citizen activity illegal, criminalizing them instantly...a situation that then requires police involvement in all of life in every way.
Kurt Hofmann provides another example of the inverted, perverted thinking of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.
Alphecca reports some interesting gun news out of Washington State.
Pamela Geller says that two Spanish journalists have been kidnapped by a Syrian Jihad group.
Days of our Trailers shows that the NY Daily News depicted the real truth about the mindset and ultimate goals of the gun control movement.
Gateway Pundit has some choice words about the GM bailout and this week's revelation that taxpayers lost $10.5 billion in the deal.
John Jacob H provides some "reading, riting, and rithematic" the old fashioned way.
The Wandering Minstrel shares a health problem he's developed. He could use our prayers.
From Traction Control: "Why to Load Just Five in Your Single Action Six."
David Codrea notes an article on how the ATF manufactures crime. He also notes that the source still erroneously refers to Fast and Furious as a "botched sting operation."
The Smallest Minority posts a list of all of Obama's executive orders concerning guns.
This photo taken May 10, 2013 shows Cody Wilson holding what he calls a Liberator pistol that was completely made on a 3-D-printer at his home in Austin, Texas.
New Jersey's second-largest city is adopting a novel approach to gun control by requiring weapons-makers bidding on municipal contracts to answer questions about their positions on gun safety issues. Jersey City, a city of 250,000 across the Hudson River from Manhattan, is believed to be the first U.S. municipality to incorporate social responsibility questions into public contract bids. Mayor Steven Fulop says he wants municipalities to use their purchasing power to influence America's gun-safety conversation. The bid specification going out Wednesday — for roughly $200,000 worth of guns and $150,000 in ammunition — includes six questions measuring vendors' gun safety record. One asks whether the manufacturer would commit to preventing its weapons from appearing in violent video games. Another asks what the company does to combat illegal gun trafficking.
I continue to have trouble getting access to Scribd to post documents. It is maddening and it is holding up a number of stories. I have even tried it from a different email account and the damn thing won't let me in to post. Is there a volunteer out there who can do so for me? Contact me via email: GeorgeMason1776ATaol.com.
Bob Owens reports: "I LOL’d: Gun charges against George Zimmerman dropped, media hardest hit."
You know, I sometimes introduce Rosey as my "second and LAST wife," explaining, "She's from Arkansas. They don't divorce, they commit homicide, so I'm with her until I die one way or the other." And I usually add, "It's important to know that going in, though."
New Yorkers gauge registration and confiscation of firearms in the aftermath of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s landmark gun control law, the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013. “The next relevant deadline is April 16, 2014 the date the people are supposed to have their long arms registered,” said Assemblyman William R. Nojay (R. – Pittsford). The registration system is in place and firearm owners can register today, he said. Low compliance rates will put the governor in an interesting position especially in an election year, said Nojay. “I think registration rates are going to be less than 10 percent.”
Major U.S. cellphone providers received more than $20 million from law enforcement agencies in conjunction with more than 1.1. million user information requests in 2012, according to documents released Monday by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass. . .
AT&T said it received $10,298,000, T-Mobile USA said approximately $11 million, Verizon Wireless said less than $5 million, U.S. Cellular said $241,000 and C Spire said $55,000.
Lotta money in that Stasi business, huh, Mr. W.?
CSGV wants to be seen as "protector of minorities," no matter how much revision of history that requires, and no matter how clearly their favored policies disproportionately disarm the very people they claim to "protect." Now, Native Americans have a brand new reason to ask CSGV some pointed questions about just whose side they are really on.
Men of good will habitually assume that other men are much like them. They, being animated and guided by what C. S. Lewis called the Law of General Benevolence, have difficulty conceiving of a body of motivation centered on malice, venality, or cruelty. They want nothing from others except what should come to them in consequence of a fulfilled agreement, and cannot imagine how anyone could be otherwise oriented. . . Thus, for a man of good will to deal with politicians and political bodies as if they were like him is a fatal error. The latter will view the former as a sheep to be shorn.
How Every Part of American Life Became a Police Matter. Of course these are the same people who have no problem with the Leviathan crushing firearm owners or folks with whom they disagree.
If you thought the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) couldn't stoop any lower, you'd be wrong. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the agency responsible for setting off the events that led to Waco and were at the center of the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal are using mentally disabled teenagers to advertise businessess that are actually fronts for ATF sting operations.
Democratsare gathering in Jefferson County on Tuesday to name a new state senator to replace one who resigned rather than face a recall election. A Democratic vacancy committee plans to meet in Westminster to name someone to fill the seat of former Sen. Evie Hudak.
It took a lot of sweat, blisters, and gasoline for me to shape up the small hunting lease and make some improvements in it. When deer season arrived, I was anything but pleased at the results... deer were very hard to find, and though I spent a lot of time in trees, I didn't see much action. And when I finally did get a look at a mature deer, it was at very long range, and to my right, making it a left-handed shot. That's when experience and patience began to pay off...
Read about my First Blood on a New Hunting Lease
A special investigative report, days in the making, is now published at The Examiner. Here is an excerpt:
The backlash of the tech companies has been intensified by the disclosure of classified documents that have led to a crisis of trust among the American people toward their government. The straw that broke the camel's back was the disclosure over the weekend that government agencies can spy on citizens through their webcams, which are located on all computers sold today. The agencies can turn on the webcams remotely without the user being aware they are being watched. One report stated that this can be done even when the computer is turned off.
Further, many Americans were alarmed when it was reported over the weekend that the IRS and the SEC want the authority to snoop through the emails of any citizen, any time they wish, and without a properly executed warrant.
The alarm that increasing numbers of citizens express concerning these growing signs of government domination and tyranny are only exacerbated by the knowledge that a huge, growing government monolith is operating behind the scenes, apart from the Constitutional provisions of the three branches of government -- the legislative (Congress), the executive (president), and the judicial (the Supreme Court).
A Senate vote to renew an expiring ban on plastic firearms capable of evading metal detectors and X-ray machines is shaping up as a bittersweet moment for gun control supporters, days before the anniversary of the... Racing a midnight deadline, Congress is ready to renew the expiring ban on plastic firearms that can evade airport detection ... (more)
Handed down today. Suit filed to challenge California's 10 day waiting period. California moves to dismiss, and judge denies the motion. That's not the same as striking down the law, tho that might come later, but the judge does take intermediate review seriously. He notes that California argues for the law as (1) allowing time for a background check and (2) allowing a "cooling off" period, but provides no evidence that either requires a ten day wait.
Tomorrow, December 10, state Senator Vincent Fort (D-39) will host a town hall meeting on Georgia's self-defense laws. Reports indicate that misguided anti-gun individuals and organizations will be putting forward misinformation about the current self-defense laws in an attempt to build momentum to repeal these common sense laws in the next legislative session.
The High Line, a park that turned a dilapidated stretch of elevated railway on Manhattan's West Side into one of New York's newest tourist attractions, may have brought a different kind of visitor: a... The High Line, a park that turned a dilapidated stretch of elevated railway on Manhattan's West Side into one of New York's newest tourist ... (more)
President Obama's exhortation to his supporters in September 2008 to "get in the face" of his political opposition has been taken literally. Media Matters, the left-wing outfit that specializes in ad hominem attacks on conservatives, has bragged in fundraising appeals that it will use compulsory donor disclosure to harass donors who contribute to conservative candidates and causes.To anyone concerned about public confidence in nonpartisan tax collection and preventing future IRS scandals, the solution is not more tax rules. It is for the IRS to get out of the business of regulating politics.
I'm having my own problems with the IRS keeping a refund from last year that they admit they owe me but refuse to pay me -- and I can't reimburse the folks who loaned me the money to fix the front of my house until they do. The mulishness and studied, admitted incompetence of the IRS in my case is increasingly looking political.
Interesting. Have seen no confirmation of this other than the Facebook post, though.
The only loaded ammunition still in shortage status is .22LR but the average price for 500 rounds has dropped to $40-55 depending on the specific brand and type. Private sellers still seemed to be dominating this niche of the ammo market. As far as is known, the government is not in this part of the market in any significant way so the persistence of the .22LR shortage is a signal indicator that the ammo buying habits of a big swath of the American public has changed toward getting and holding significant quantities of this primary caliber.
This was forwarded to me with the comment: "Sheriff Clark is a brave man. We need a LOT MORE just like him."
As with real estate, shooting big game can be boiled down to three words: Location, location, location. Except in this case, we're talking about the location where the bullet or arrow should hit the animal. When it comes to shot placement, I've done well, and I've done poorly - and I've learned a lot over the years. Here's my take on shot placement and how to best ensure deer hunting success once you get the chance to take a shot.
Learn About Deer Hunting Shot Placement
you`ve got an office in Cincinnati in the IRS office that I think for bureaucratic reasons is trying to streamline what is a difficult law to interpret about whether a non- profit is actually a political organization that deserves a tax-exempt agency (sic) and they`ve got a list, suddenly, everybody`s outraged. . . .How many false statements are made by Obama in just one sentence?
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A robber entered Megan’s Custom Framing in Madison, Wis. and demanded money from the clerk. At first the clerk handed over some cash, but when the robber was unsatisfied and demanded more, the employee retrieved a gun. Upon seeing that the clerk was armed, the criminal fled the scene.
Earlier this year when the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel exposed a botched ATF sting in Milwaukee — that included agents hiring a brain-damaged man to promote an undercover storefront and then arresting him forhis work — ATF officials told Congress the failed Milwaukee operation was an isolated case of inadequate supervision.It wasn't.The Journal Sentinel reviewed thousands of pages of court records, police reports and other documents and interviewed dozens of people involved in six ATF operations nationwide that were publicly praised by the ATF in recent years for nabbing violent criminals and making cities safer.Agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives employed rogue tactics similar to those used in Milwaukee in every operation, from Portland, Ore., to Pensacola, Fla.
Certain gun owners can carry concealed weapons even in areas where a local government has posted signs banning them, the Attorney General's office said Thursday in an opinion aimed at clarifying Mississippi's gun laws.Gun owners who hold "enhanced permits" can take their weapons to places like churches, voting precincts and even inside passenger terminals of airports, even if there are signs posted to expressly prohibit guns, Assistant Attorney General Ricky G. Luke said in an opinion originally crafted in response to a request from the city of Corinth.
Otsego County has become one of the first counties in New York to tell the state it does not want its official seal used on a New York State Police web site being created to help gun owners comply with a new mandate that they renew their county issued pistol permits."This would make more work for us," Sheriff Richard Devlin Jr. told the county Board of Representatives this week before panel voted 13 0, with one abstention, to come against having any county logo or seal on a web site now being set up by state police.
Gun and knife trade shows are no longer just for the boys.A hot item at this weekend's Wichita Falls Gun & Knife Show wasn't a weapon, but rather something for a woman to use to carry one.While concealed handgun holsters that attach to a woman's hip or even in her bra exist, Daris Horn, owner of Huntsville's D&N Creations, said concealed handgun purses for women have seen a rise in popularity at her booth and many others within the past 18 months due to the rise of women attaining their concealed handgun license.
This sleepy town of 6,000 doesn't have a police department, and the only firearm violence tends to be directed at deer.
The California health exchange has admitted it has been divulging contact information for tens of thousands of consumers to insurance agents without their permission or knowledge in an effort to hit deadlines for coverage.
Covered California said it was handing out consumer information as part of a pilot program to help people enroll ahead of a Dec. 23 deadline to have health insurance in place by the new year, according to the Los Angeles Times. The consumers in question had gone online to research insurance options, but didn't ask to be contacted.
Social Security numbers, income and other information were not provided to the agents, but names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses were made available, exchange officials said.
The names provided by Covered California include people who started an insurance application on the website but didn't complete the process. . . .
. . . A redacted IRS letter dated Sept. 8, 2011 reveals that at least in one case the IRS’s examiners used photos of a property, obtained through Google Maps, as evidence to revoke the 501(c)(4) status of a homeowner’s association.
“The road consists of a two-mile loop around the inside of the property. It goes not have any sidewalks or bicycle lanes. The examining agent printed and copied a map from Google Maps (www.google.com) into this report,”states the letter. . . .Justice Alito anticipated where this technology is going in spying on people.
Justice Samuel Alito argued that this protection was insufficient, because the government could still spy on people from the air. While piloted aircraft are too expensive to use routinely, drones are not, or will not be. One might argue that if the police can observe and follow you in public without obtaining a search warrant, they should be able to do the same thing with drones. But when the cost of surveillance declines, more surveillance takes place. . . .
The gun control buzz has quieted and the gun buying frenzy has slowed -- but a year after the Newtown shooting, the Southwest Florida gun industry is still feeling its effects.
"Agency said failures of Milwaukee operation were isolated, but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel found similar issues in at least six cities nationwide — targeting the mentally disabled, encouraging crimes and more."
■ ATF agents befriended mentally disabled people to drum up business and later arrested them in at least four cities in addition to Milwaukee. In Wichita, Kan., ATF agents referred to a man with a low IQ as "slow-headed" before deciding to secretly use him as a key cog in their sting. And agents in Albuquerque, N.M., gave a brain-damaged drug addict with little knowledge of weapons a "tutorial" on machine guns, hoping he could find them one.■ Agents in several cities opened undercover gun- and drug-buying operations in safe zones near churches and schools, allowed juveniles to come in and play video games and teens to smoke marijuana, and provided alcohol to underage youths. In Portland, attorneys for three teens who were charged said a female agent dressed provocatively, flirted with the boys and encouraged them to bring drugs and weapons to the store to sell.■ As they did in Milwaukee, agents in other cities offered sky-high prices for guns, leading suspects to buy firearms at stores and turn around and sell them to undercover agents for a quick profit. In other stings, agents ran fake pawnshops and readily bought stolen items, such as electronics and bikes — no questions asked — spurring burglaries and theft. In Atlanta, agents bought guns that had been stolen just hours earlier, several ripped off from police cars.■ Agents damaged buildings they rented for their operations, tearing out walls and rewiring electricity — then stuck landlords with the repair bills. A property owner in Portland said agents removed a parking lot spotlight,damaging her new $30,000 roof and causing leaks, before they shut down the operation and disappeared without a way for her to contact them.■ Agents pressed suspects for specific firearms that could fetch tougher penalties in court. They allowed felons to walk out of the stores armed with guns. In Wichita, agents suggested a felon take a shotgun, saw it off and bring it back — and provided instructions on how to do it. The sawed-off gun allowed them to charge the man with a more serious crime.■ In Pensacola, the ATF hired a felon to run its pawnshop. The move widened the pool of potential targets, boosting arrest numbers.Even those trying to sell guns legally could be charged if they knowingly sold to a felon. The ATF's pawnshop partner was later convicted of pointing a loaded gun at someone outside a bar. Instead of a stiff sentence typically handed down to repeat offenders in federal court, he got six months in jail — and a pat on the back from the prosecutor."To say this is just a few people, a few bad apples, I don't buy it," said David Harris, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and an expert on law enforcement tactics and regulation. "If your agency is in good shape with policy, training, supervision and accountability, the bad apples will not be able to take things to this level."The ATF refused the Journal Sentinel's request for an interview with Director B. Todd Jones or other agency officials to address findings of the investigation. Instead, the agency provided a written statement that failed to answer any questions, and spokeswoman Ginger Colbrun suggested reporters read ATF news releases issued after the stings.
My question: Where's the ATF oversight hearings you promised the Fast and Furious whistleblowers almost two years ago, Congressman Issa? Ramsey A. Bear would like to know, too.
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is sending out letters telling gun owners to turn over their rifles and shotguns — or else face the consequences.
New York City’s ban on rifles and shotguns that hold more than five rounds is now being enforced, according to a letter the NYPD is sending out to targeted city gun owners. . . .
Police say they have taken into custody a man suspected of killing a former U.S. Marine over the weekend in Camden.
An impressive fictional twitter-like coverage of the Pearl Harbor attack, with pretty stunning photos. Viewing the conflagration on Battleship Row, we can see how the Japanese thought they'd won the war in hours.
Perhaps Yamamoto never said that they had awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with terrible resolve, but his thoughts were along those lines.
Maybe it's right when it says that that some Californians can't be trusted with assault rifles.
Sheesh. Leaving a loaded rifle unattended on an elementary school playground.
Chris Matthews (at 22:07): . . . there should have been a CEO assigned by you, personally with unique personal responsibility to oversee the rollout of healthcare and there wasn't. When Secretary Sebelius appeared in that hearing and she was asked by Marsha Blackburn, who's in charge, it took awhile for her to answer. And she finally got to the Chief Operating Officer of CMS, the Center for Medicaid and Medicare, and it didn't seem like there was a strong top-down authority system from you. Did you have, do you have that? Let's look forward here. Do you have a relationship with your cabinet? Do you have a system of cracking the whip? They follow through and they execute as you envision they should or do you work through a COO, like Mr. McDonough? What is your system for management?
Obama: Well, first of all I think it's important to distinguish between this particular project, this healthcare project, where it is obvious that we needed additional controls in place, because it didn't deliver on time the way we wanted. And how we've managed incredibly complex problems for the last five years. Everything from wars to pandemics to, you know, natural disasters to, you know, expanding student loans for young peoples.
Generally speaking, my theory has been, number one, that yes, I've got a strong Chief of Staff but I'm holding every cabinet member accountable and I want to have strong interactions with them, directly. Number two, is I have an open door policy where I want people bringing me bad news on time so we can fix things. And, that you know, the challenge, I think, that we have going forward is not so much my personal management style or particular issues around White House organization. It actually has to do with what I referred to earlier which is we had these big agencies, some of which are outdated. Some of which are not designed properly.
We've got, for example, 16 different agencies that have some responsibility to help businesses, large and small, in all kinds of ways. Whether it's helping to finance them, helping them to export. And so if you're a small business person getting started, you may think you need to go to the Small Business Administration on one thing, you've got to go Commerce on another. So, we've proposed let's consolidate a bunch of that stuff.
The challenge we've got is that that requires a law to pass. And frankly, there are a lot of members of Congress who are chairman of a particular committee and they don't want necessarily consolidations where they would lose jurisdiction over certain aspects of certain policies. But this is going to be a major focus and has been over the last five years, but going forward over the next three years, how do we have a 21st century federal government? And this is part of the reason why people are skeptical. There are just some things people have an interaction with the federal government where we could be doing a much better job.
"It's scary to not know who is going to be sitting next to you," said Cyndi.
“Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps the Smartest Judges Off the Bench” (2013) is the most recent of Dr. John Lott Jr.’s excellent books applying economics to better understand the societal dynamics around controversial issues. Gun owners will be most familiar with his past work on the defensive uses of force by lawfully armed citizens (“More Guns, Less Crime”).
In “Dumbing Down the Courts” Dr. Lott examines how political forces are increasingly driving the federal courts to be staffed by judges (and justices) who are less intellectually capable than their predecessors.
In short, his hypothesis — supported by data on more than 1,500 federal court nominees — is that the smarter, more respected (by their legal peers), and more academically talented a candidate for a federal court, the longer the confirmation process and the less likely confirmation will be successful.
Indeed, this reality has become so widely accepted on an anecdotal level that many of the most promising candidates for federal judgeships simply decline to accept even consideration for such an appointment. Dr. Lott uses rigorously analyzed data to move this discussion beyond mere anecdote. . . .
It's punishment for using tests other than the Law School Admission Test to admit incoming students. You'd think a law school ought to be allowed to create its own standards for admission, but ABA says no. The fine is presumably to be enforced by "pay up, or we won't certify you."
A strange situation generally. Understand, the American Bar Assn is a private group. Membership in it is not required to practice law. (State bar membership is generally required). So it's a private club, of a small minority of attorneys, mostly big-firm types.
To practice law anywhere that I know of, you have to pass the bar exam, run by the State bar. That's understandable. But even if you are capable of passing it, you are only allowed to take it after graduating from a law school. That's ... well, not totally understandable, but somewhat so. And the law school must be certified by the ABA, which is a private club. That's hardest to justify. It's not like this club just assesses the adequacy of a school.. They have elaborate standards (such as this one, relating to whom the school can admit). Other standards require, as I recall, that a high percentage of faculty be full time, and that no part-timer can teach a first year course. (Thus a skilled personal injury attorney cannot teach Torts 101 or Evidence part time, subjects about which he knows far more than a full time prof who's never been in a courtroom). This of course benefits the faculties.
Bottom line: why should a government occupational permit depend upon whether your school met standards imposed by a private club, that comprises but a small part of the occupation at issue, and has its own agendas?
Judicial Watch (JW), the educational foundation that promotes transparency, accountability, and integrity in government, politics, and the law, has concluded that "the president is out of control."Click here to continue reading at Anthony G. Martin's National Conservative Examiner.
That assessment was issued today in the weekly update provided by JW President Tom Fitton.
The change in your pockets is lining the TSA's, well, pockets. The Washington Post shares the results of the TSA's 2012 fiscal report, which shows that it made off with a record $531,395.22 in change that travelers forgot to collect from security bins. (From 2008 through 2011, the total was closer to $400,000.) The biggest take occurred at Miami International, where TSA workers collected $39,613; it's one of 13 airports where the annual haul was at least $10,000. . . .
"Johnny Jones, a fifth grader at South Eastern Middle School, was suspended for a day and threatened with expulsion under the school's weapons policy after playfully using his hands to draw the bowstrings on a pretend 'bow' and 'shoot' an arrow at a classmate who had held his folder like an imaginary gun and 'shot' at Johnny. In coming to Jones' defense, Rutherford Institute attorneys have asked Rona Kaufmann, Superintendent of the South Eastern School District in Fawn Grove, Pennsylvania, to rescind the suspension and remove all references to the incident from Jones' permanent school record."
"We all want to keep the schools safe, but I'd far prefer to see something credible done about actual threats, rather than this ongoing, senseless targeting of imaginary horseplay," said Rutherford Institute President John W. Whitehead. . . .
Ten days before the first anniversary of the Newtown elementary school massacre, two gun control groups released a chilling new television ad that portrays a potential school shooting.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns–the group backed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg–and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense partnered up to produce the commercial, which comes 30-second and 60-second versions.
Released online Wednesday, the spot is set to air on cable news networks this week.
The ad, titled "No More Silence," shows a roomful of young children standing for a moment of silence to mark the Newtown anniversary. It also features scenes of other members of a community bowing their heads to mark the moment.
"On December 14th, we'll have a moment of silence for Newtown," the ad's narrator says.
A ticking clock can be heard throughout the ad, building up suspense. Then halfway through the spot, a presumed shooter can be seen carrying a large duffel bag as he or she walk towards what looks like a school.
"But with 26 more school shootings since that day," the narrator continues, "Ask yourself: Is silence what America needs right now?" . . .
This week the NFL, after featuring anti-gun ads during the last two Super Bowls, it decided that an ad offering the opposite point of view in the upcoming Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2 was just too much.
The NFL turned down an ad from a company called "Daniel Defense" which sells guns and outdoor gear that discussed "personal protection and fundamental rights." It featured a former Marine talking his family's safety, noting that he is ultimately responsible for their protection.
Unlike Bloomberg’s ads, the "Daniel Defense" ad never even mentions the word "gun," just the concept of personal protection.
The very end of the initial version of the ad did show the company's logo, a picture of a gun. But this wasn't the stumbling block, as the company told the NFL that it would happily to remove the logo and replace it with a picture of an American flag.
Still the NFL found that unacceptable. . . .
The United States has a long history of public defiance of centralized government authority. Civil disobedience, evasive action, resistance to government mandates, defiance of government oppressors, sabotage, and the smuggling of forbidden items are embedded in the collective unconscious.Click here to continue reading at Anthony G. Martin's National Conservative Examiner.
These actions against oppressive and restrictive centralized government seem to be in our genes, pointing to an independent spirit that flies in the face of authoritarian government edicts.
"You are not going to tell me what to do," Americans seem to be saying in one unified chorus to government directives.
NYC sends out notices to owners of registered guns that can take over five rounds: get them out of the city or turn them over.
PS--I'm still diagnosing the problem with the spam filter, might have it fixed and comments allowed in a few days. It may have been a problem with the filter itself, unrelated to hacking and the 1,600 spam comments (I counted them). Which illustrates the magnitude of spamming. Your filter goes down and you get 1,600 spams in a matter of an hour or two.
If you're a deer hunter, or even if you just know deer hunters, you will hear about the rut. But what is it? What triggers it, when is the best time to hunt, and is it worth hunting outside of the rut? This concise article will help you learn about all of that and more.
Learn the Definition of the Rut
Google "Organizing for Action" (OFA), supposedly a non-partisan, grassroots group, and you get www.barackobama.com. Likewise, click on the preceding link, and it takes you to the Organizing for Action website.
Last Saturday was the 20-year anniversary of President Bill Clinton's signing of the Brady Act into law, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) used the occasion to urge readers of the San Jose Mercury News to go along with requiring background checks on private transfers of firearms.
To say the least, some of the characters who have appeared on the national scene in recent years have demonstrated some enormous egos and used some pretty ill-tempered language in their efforts to turn this nation into something we wouldn't recognize. But Army Lt. Col. Robert Bateman is challenging them for top dishonors in that regard, with an over-the-top rant in Esquire magazine this month.
According to a new CNN/ORC International survey, 49% of Americans say they support stricter gun control laws, with 50% opposed. The 49% support is down six percentage points from the 55% who said they backed stricter gun control in CNN polling from January.
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today announced that West Virginia and 25 other states and one territory have filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief with the U.S. Supreme Court opposing a federal government attempt to prosecute legal gun owners who wish to sell a weapon to another person who can legally own and purchase firearms.
In claiming progress on the White House's initiative, Biden renewed his call for action at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. "Now, it's not enough to take these steps on our own -- we still need Congress to pass comprehensive legislation to reduce gun violence," he said.
Virginia gun sales set a new high for Black Friday as the number of firearms sold statewide continues to soar and is just days away from setting an annual record.
City dwellers are not known for being fond of blood sports. As the nation has grown less rural, the number of hunters has declined. People whose acquaintance is limited to "Bambi" tend to recoil at the notion of shooting deer or other game animals. But a convergence of developments makes it more plausible than ever for the skeptical to find virtues in hunting.
The anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook is approaching, and many on the Left are preparing to celebrate it with a new gun-control push. OFA, Moms Demand Action, and Mayors Against Illegal Guns have all signaled their intention to use the date as a rallying point on which to push for extended federal background checks. Some may go even further, ranging into an “assault weapons” ban or a restriction on “high-capacity” magazines.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (MDA), Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), and Organizing for Action (OFA) have all made clear they intend to use the first anniversary of the heinous crime at Sandy Hook Elementary to push for stricter gun control laws.
Here at the NRA, we love football. This is America, after all.
We previously reported on the closure of the nation's last primary lead smelter due to tightened EPA standards on ambient air quality. As the date for closure of the smelter approaches, there has been a significant amount of speculation concerning the effect of the smelter's closure on the availability and price of ammunition.
Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, one of Obamacare's architects and staunchest supporters, is also the only top congressional leader to exempt some of his staff from having to buy insurance through the law's new exchanges.
Reid is the exception among the other top congressional leaders. GOP House Speaker John Boehner, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell have all directed their staffs to join the exchange, their aides said. . . .
Well, my dear readers, it appears that this day is shot even before I get started. Circumstances beyond my control seem to be conspiring to prevent me from writing anything significant today.
And here is where you can help.
Please pass along my latest Examiner article, which I posted last night at 8 p.m. or so. It is about the War of Athens (Tennessee) in 1946. Most people don't know about it. But it has significant ramifications for our present predicament.
Click here to read, and be sure to pass it along to everyone you know who might be interested, including those who need to be educated about it. Thank you from the depths of my heart.
A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report shows that while gun ownership climbed from 192 million firearms in 1994 to 310 million firearms in 2009, crime fell—and fell sharply. According to the report, the "firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide" rate was 6.6 per 100,000 Americans in 1993. Following the exponential growth in the number of guns, that rate fell to 3.6 per 100,000 in 2000.
The Republican House version of the bill, which would renew the law with no additional provisions, passed the chamber on a voice vote Tuesday afternoon — meaning no roll call was taken to provide a list of who had supported or opposed the measure.
But the Democratic-controlled Senate is where things get complicated. . . .
New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, the No. 3 Democratic leader, will likely attempt on Monday to pass a more comprehensive bill, one that requires a piece of metal to be permanently attached to guns to prevent them from becoming undetectable by removing their metallic parts. Republicans are expected to object to Schumer’s move, meaning he wouldn’t be able to secure a vote before the current law expires. The Democratic strategy appears to be a messaging effort to push the GOP to articulate its opposition.
Ultimately, the Senate is expected to just swallow the House version. . . .
I read this book while deer hunting in 2012, and found it worthwhile. Even though I can be a stickler sometimes and the author's terminology is sometimes anything but precise, when I got to the end I wished it would have kept going - and that is one large measure of a book's worth. I found valuable insight on several subjects, and I recommend this book. Here's a small taste of the review:
"One of my favorite outtakes from the book is Shepard's observation that instead of 'Guns don't kill people, people kill people,' a more fitting quote would be 'Guns protect the people that people try to kill...'"
A gun control group founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg aired an advertisement during the Super Bowl calling for background checks.
The 30-second spot by Mayors Against Illegal Guns aired in the Washington area at the end of halftime of the game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.
The ad calls on lawmakers to pass rules requiring background checks on guns. It is narrated by children, with "America the Beautiful" playing in the background. . . .From the New Yorker:
Five children and one grown-up appear in “It’s Time,” a Super Bowl ad bought by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group that has behind it more than eight hundred mayors and the personal money of Mike Bloomberg of New York. The children are playing and smiling and posing in front of an American flag. The grown-up—Wayne LaPierre, executive vice-president of the N.R.A.—is seen in a video from 1999, testifying that he has no problem with closing the loophole that allows allows unlicensed dealers to sell guns to anyone they like, with no background checks at all. He does now: at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, LaPierre said having all gun buyers go through background checks would create a “universal federal nightmare.” . . .
This is a more frank act of lobbying than the cheerful ad the group ran last February, when the Giants were playing the Patriots and Bloomberg and Thomas Menino, the mayor of Boston, sat next to each other in jerseys and talked about how they might disagree about bagels and the Red Sox but were at one in support of the Second Amendment—with some limits. And it wasn’t a general evocation of tragedy, like having children from Newtown sing “America the Beautiful” with Jennifer Hudson. Bloomberg seems to have decided that this moment is less about supplicating or pretending there’s no real discord, and more about getting a bill through Congress. That will involve putting cracks in the N.R.A.’s defenses. . . .From the Business Insider is entitled "Mike Bloomberg's Gun Control Group Will Air This Devastating Super Bowl Ad Slamming A Big NRA Flip-Flop":
The gun control group founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will air a 30-second ad during the Super Bowl featuring a child narrator and aimed at the NRA's flip-flop on background checks.
Because of the high-profile spot the Super Bowl affords it, the ad is perhaps the most significant gun-control push from Bloomberg's group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns. . . .Other news stories include Slate, the Daily Caller, and other stories that I am not going to take the time to list.
Collectivists and progressives that now control all three branches of the U.S. government often claim that citizen uprisings against the government are invariably seditious, illegal, and treasonous.Click here to continue reading at Anthony G. Martin's National Conservative Examiner.
U.S. history does not confirm that point of view.
As late as 1946 a group of citizens did, indeed, mount an armed uprising against government officials, and won.
"We are looking at a world in which anyone with a little bit of cash can bring an undetectable gun that can fire multiple bullets anywhere — including planes, government buildings, sporting events and schools," Schumer said. "3-D printers are a miraculous technology that have the potential to revolutionize manufacturing, but we need to make sure they are not being used to make deadly, undetectable weapons." . . .Others such as Eric Holder have made a big deal about these printers. From Fox News:
“This is an extremely serious problem,” Holder said in a statement. “This is a very worrisome threat to law enforcement and to people who fly every day. We can’t have guns legally in circulation that are not detectable by metal detectors.” . . .Of course, 3D plastic guns aren't really completely undetectable, though it does make the problem more difficult. From the Huffington Post:
Currently, X-ray machines used in many federal facilities can detect 3D weapons, unless they are broken down into component parts, in which case it may be up to security officials to recognize the individual components of the weapon. "Not every place you go to is like the airport," Griffith said. "A lot of places, [like] courthouses, all they have are metal detectors." . . .Computer World has this about how dangerous the plastic gun is to those who use them.
Last week, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) published videos demonstrating how some plastic models of the Liberator were able to fire up to eight rounds, while others exploded on the first round; the success of the weapon depended on the polymers and printers used. . . .A couple of the results of the BATFE test:
A truly all-plastic firearm “would be very unreliable and very unsafe,” according to Larry Keane, senior vice president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade group representing gun manufacturers that’s allied with the National Rifle Association. . . .Other law enforcement organizations around the world are even much less positive. From Gizmodo:
Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione called a press conference today after the NSW [Australia] Police Force concluded its experiments with 3D printable weapons, including The Liberator. The boffins over at the NSW Police bought themselves a 3D printer for $1700 and decided to test how easy it would be to build their own gun. They downloaded the blueprints for The Liberator from the internet and printed out two weapons to test fire.
All in all, they printed the 15 parts required to assemble The Liberator in 27 hours and assembled it within 60 seconds with a firing pin fashioned out of a steel nail. The two guns were test fired into a block of resin designed to simulate human muscle, and the first bullet penetrated the resin block up to 17 centimetres. NSW Police Ballistics division confirm that it would be a fatal wound if pointed at someone.
What’s interesting about the second device they tested, however, was the “catastrophic failure” of the weapon. Translation? It exploded. The plastic gave way to the brutal force of an exploding .38 caliber bullet and the barrel exploded. . . .The law banning plastic guns is particularly useless because metal used in the gun to make it legal could be easily removed.
Schumer said the Liberator's CAD blueprint allows for a piece of metal that can be easily removed and plays no functional role but renders the gun legal; bullets can be fired from the gun even though it is made entirely of plastic. . . .The Undetectable Firearms Act was passed in 1988, then renewed in 1998 and again in 2003. Here is something that I wrote about plastic guns back in 2003 and something about 3D printing earlier this year. To me the more important problem is the fact that metal guns that work identically to other manufactured guns can be made using 3D printers.
The House approved a bill Tuesday that would extend a ban on manufacturing plastic firearms that are not detectable by security screening devices.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-Any Television Camera), dedicated foe of private ownership of firearms, is deeply concerned that the Undetectable Firearms Act will sunset on December 9, 2013. He also thinks simply renewing the law once again is insufficient to deal with the Dread Scourge of 3D printed plastic firearms that will soon be coming to a playground near you unless much tougher restrictions are imposed. His magical belief that just one more law will stop people from printing whatever they damned well please in the privacy of their workshops is a tad baffling -- unless you realize that, after so many years in government, he's basically nuts.
Earlier this year, Connecticut politicians took advantage of the horrific Newtown shootings to dust off a wish list of draconian firearms restrictions and race them through the legislative process into law. The restrictions wouldn't have prevented the mass murder—they would have been completely irrelevant to the crime, in fact—which may be why they were rammed through under "emergency certification" with no referrals to committees or public hearings. Among other things, the new law requires registration of "assault weapons" and high-capacity magazines by January 1, 2014. Any student of history could have predicted officials' current concerns now that relatively few residents are complying with the law and telling the state what they own as the deadline fast approaches.
Today, the Michigan House Natural Resources Committee unanimously passed House Bill 5085 with recommendation. The NRA thanks members of this committee for voting in favor of this important pro-gun bill and sending HB 5085 to the House floor.
President Obama’s determination to pass gun-control laws in his second term continues to drive people to the gun dealers. The number of National Instant Background Checks (NICS) run on Black Friday 2013 was the sixth-most in history at 144,758, according to the FBI.
As previously reported, the Delafield Common Council met last night to hear an appeal from the Hartland Sportsmen’s Club relating to the reopening of its five firing ranges. Despite providing documentation of safety improvements and testimony from range experts, the council voted unanimously to reject the club’s request for an operating permit. According to a local news article, lawsuits will likely be filed.
If you thought Obama's Organizing for Action propaganda machine couldn't get anymore ghoulish in the name of politics, it just did. Late yesterday the organization sent out an email to supporters urging them to hold events on December 14 for the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.
With the expiration of the so-called Undetectable Firearms Act (UFA) rapidly approaching on December 9th, misinformation over this issue and NRA’s position on it has unfortunately reached a heightened level. We would like to make our position clear. The NRA strongly opposes ANY expansion of the Undetectable Firearms Act, including applying the UFA to magazines, gun parts, or the development of new technologies. The NRA has been working for months to thwart expansion of the UFA by Senator Chuck Schumer and others. We will continue to aggressively fight any expansion of the UFA or any other proposal that would infringe on our Second Amendment rights.
This was a chilling hunt, in several ways. Not only was it mighty cold in the woods that day, but the phone call I received while I was hunting offered no warmth or comfort, either. Then things got a little better, when a deer found its way into view and then into my cooler... not long after a man had died who'd wished me just that.
Read about this Dead Man's Deer
Removing a deer's insides isn't something that everyone enjoys, but it has to be done. I've never hated it, and most of the time I don't mind gutting an animal. Here's a short guide to field dressing a deer, with tips for dealing with trophy bucks and avoiding cutting into the guts, among other things. Happy hunting!
Learn how to field dress a deer.
Kurt Hofmann warns that the new Senate rule the Democrats passed to prevent Repubs from mounting filibusters against Obama's court nominees will be used against gun rights. This is ominous news. But it is not unexpected. The court nominee thing was just an excuse to get rid of the filibuster so the Senate could ram down our throats any number of encroachments on our rights. BEWARE, patriots.
Mike Vanderboegh calls our attention to "The Black Book of the American Left."
David Codrea highlights a news item that serves as an alert and a warning concerning gun control laws.
WRSA provides the must-read "quote of the month."
Way Up North shares "the Alaska Digest."
Tam has some interesting observations about guns, holsters, and the lack of holsters that are available for left-handed people.
The Wandering Minstrel says that the spirit of Gadsden is alive and well. Take a look.
Traction Control asks the question, "Has Obama Screwed the Pooch?"
Nicki wants to introduce us, the productive class, to our REAL boss."
Golden Geese News has a special message for those who engaged in the nationwide strike against Fast Food Joints today. Read it all.
Gateway Pundit reports that the Obamacare website is "fixed" alright -- fixed so that some shenanigans can take place, like, recoding relationships that make a child a spouse and the family dog a person.
Every Blade of Grass shares a political cartoon showing how hard it is for the current president to fill Jimmy Carter's shoes.
Days of our Trailers asks, "Why are Anti-Gun Activists so Criminal?"
Alphecca sends out an alert that former Congressman Allen West is charging that the EPA is engaging in "backdoor" gun control.
Pamela Geller reports that in Syria that Obama-backed Muslim extremists have seized a Christian Church and turned it into their "headquarters."
The Smallest Minority points to an interesting quote concerning the northern and southern borders...and terrorism.
Oleg Volk presents his latest gun rights masterpiece. Take a look.
The U.S. Supreme Court has dealt a death blow today to a lawsuit launched by a major Christian university challenging the legality of several of the provisions of the new Obamacare law. The Court refused to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that threw the lawsuit out of court.Click here to continue reading at Anthony G. Martin's National Conservative Examiner.
After hearing a back window of his home shatter, a homeowner in Memphis, Tenn. called 911 and armed himself with a gun. While the homeowner waited for police to arrive, a pair of burglars attempted to enter the home through the broken window. The homeowner responded by firing at the criminals, striking one and causing the other to flee. Following the shooting, the armed citizen’s neighbors were supportive of his actions, with one stating, “It’s not you taking the law into your own hands; it’s exercising your right as a citizen.”
They call themselves Mayors Against Illegal Guns. But apparently not all of them are against all illegal activity.MAIG was co founded in 2006 by Michael Bloomberg and his counterpart in Boston, Thomas Menino.But come January, the two men will be out of office. When they depart, attention will likely focus on some of their less well known members and that could be a problem.The latest of the legally challenged is Mayor Gordon Jenkins of Monticello, NY. Last week, he was arrested for driving under the influence and for literally punching a police department clock, which forced cops to handcuff him to a chair.
The perennial gun control debate in America did not begin here. The same arguments for and against were made in the 1920s in the chaos of Germany's Weimar Republic, which opted for gun registration. Law abiding persons complied with the law, but the Communists and Nazis committing acts of political violence did not.
Sometimes the worst possible gift for a liberal is to give him everything he wants. President Obama no doubt feels this after getting his way on Obamacare, which is easily the biggest disaster of his presidency. Colorado Democrats are likewise stinging after they rammed a gun control scheme through the legislature in March that has the public screaming for their heads. These Democratic lawmakers ought to warn their newly elected colleagues in Virginia against repeating the same mistake.
A National Rifle Association affiliate says Massachusetts is "abusing" law abiding citizens by delaying the issuance of firearm licenses beyond the time frame outlined by state law. The Gun Owners Action League (GOAL), which represents 16,000 members in Massachusetts and is the official state affiliate of the NRA, reports that many people applying for licenses have been experiencing long delays.
Had to stop them for a time.... was hit with a spammer who managed to (1) disable my spam blocker and (2) post over 1,600 comments in a couple of hours. Let me try to figure how to repair. If anyone has a clue as to what happened (I'm using MoveableType), please email me at dthardy -at- mindspring.com.
Today, the Delafield Common Council will discuss the recommendation from the planning commission to deny the conditional use, site plan and architectural improvements for Hartland Sportsmen’s Club. Please attend this important meeting and urge the Common Council to OPPOSE the recommendation from the planning commission and ALLOW Hartland Sportsmen’s Club to reopen.
A populist backlash against Colorado's new gun-control laws claimed its third political casualty on Wednesday as a Democratic state senator resigned her seat rather than face a recall vote that could have cost her party control of the chamber.
Regardless of the office they’re seeking or its duties, Republicans’ statewide campaigns are heavy on two themes: antipathy toward the Obama administration and devotion to all things gun.Almost every candidate has a video, website or campaign ad that shows the contender firing or carrying a gun. They also all promise to fight President Barack Obama on myriad issues, be it environmental protections, health care or banking regulations — but especially on gun control.
A group of congressional Democrats pressed the Justice Department Tuesday to gather new data about the effects of so-called “stand your ground" laws on public safety. Roughly two dozen states have adopted laws authorizing citizens to use deadly force if threatened, even if they could retreat instead.
Nearly 50% of all gun homicides involve only 4% of inner city gangsters. This is common, but not widely publicized, knowledge. It’s a fact deliberately underemphasized by the Brady Campaign, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and other gun ban advocates at the Happy Acres Home For the Terminally Bewildered. But a recent study by a sociology professor at Yale, who explored a poor Chicago neighborhood, evaluating homicide victims and their associations should reduce such willful ignorance.
The Well Armed Woman -- their slogan is "Where the Feminine and Firearm Meet" -- advertises stylish purses designed for concealed carry.Another online retailer, Pistols & Pumps -- "Concealed and High Heeled" -- offers pink camouflage hats and bra mounted holsters.Gungoddess.com -- the name, apparently, is sufficient -- sells a variety of "gun bling," including leopard print handgun grips and zebra print ear protection.Such items may seem odd to some, but these retailers understand their customer base a group of young, strong, determined and armed women. And just because their bullets may be fired from pistols with rhinestone studded grips doesn't mean they shouldn't be taken seriously.
A state security panel backed the idea of more regular permit checks for gun owners who want to carry weapons in the State Capitol, but fell short of votes Tuesday on a proposal to ban guns altogether in certain state government buildings or areas.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is offering guidance on how the state's concealed carry law applies to buildings used as polling places on election days.
The U.S. government is increasingly showing its deep-set, abiding fear of free citizens who are armed. This fear is expressed in the paranoia that is noted on a continuing basis in the halls of federal and state governments, which seek to rob citizens of their firearms and restrict their ability to live in liberty.Click here to continue reading at Anthony G. Martin's National Conservative Examiner.
One of the reasons medical care in the United States has been so successful is that the system has a long history of guarding the sacred relationship between patients and doctors. Doctors were integral members of the community who knew and intermingled with their patients and their families.Click here to continue reading at Anthony G. Martin's National Conservative Examiner.
A sacred trust was built wherein a community respected and depended upon the local doctor who would provide needed care any time they needed it, day or night. The doctors knew their communities and residents so well that they were driven to give freely of their time, effort, and expertise. They cared for these people. They were like part of the family.
When you've been hunting deer for decades, you learn stuff - and start to wonder about things. For instance, how in the world can so many hours pass without any deer showing up to be seen by you, when you're hunting in a good place? I'm not trying to answer that one, but I do have some insight on how to handle it when nothing happens on a hunt.
Happy Thanksgiving to my much-appreciated friends and readers.
I wish I could say that Thanksgiving this year is a happy one for the country and for us as individual citizens, but I cannot. That would be a lie.
While I have much to be thankful for, this year there is very little to have any gratitude about when it comes to the nation. We have been bombarded with one of the worst attacks on our liberties since our founding.
Our freedom to make our own choices about our own healthcare has been severely restricted. Our freedom to self-defense with firearms is being attacked as never before. Our freedom to private property has been restricted by an EPA that takes the attitude that they have ultimate authority over your own houses and lands, implementing edicts, orders, and regulations that were never approved by our elected representatives. Our freedom to live in a land where there are no dictators who are unaccountable has been extremely hampered by a president and an executive branch, and a Supreme Court, that thinks they are above the law. Obama rules by executive fiat, executive orders that were never intended by our Framers to be used as a substitute for actions of the legislative branch of government.
Criminal behavior on the part of government officials has been rewarded. Cold blooded murder has been excused in the Fast and Furious fiasco and the Benghazi debacle.
So no, I am NOT thankful to my country this year. I am ashamed it has taken a turn toward tyranny. A few more years of this, and we will be where Castro took Cuba, where Chairman Mao took China, and where Hitler took Germany.
But I AM thankful for what few freedoms we have left. I am thankful for patriots who realize that the country is not synonymous with those who occupy its government. I deplore Obama and the leadership in Congress, and the Supreme Court. This does not mean I do not love my country. I love my country as it was intended to be by our Framers. What we now have is a rogue government that routinely engages in illegal behavior. It is increasingly dangerous to any citizen who wishes to live free.
I am thankful to God for His ultimate power and authority. That no government is to be obeyed if that obedience requires us to disobey HIS principles, which begin with freedom. Jesus said, "If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." Think about ALL of the ramifications of that statement spiritually, psychologically, socially, and politically. Any government or entity that seeks to enslave human beings and remove their rights, their freedoms, etc, is rebelling against God Himself, who intended that ALL of his creation be FREE. That makes the current purveyors of more and more gov't restrictions and limitations on our rights are PURE EVIL. I am not thankful for a single one of them.
But I AM thankful for our heritage, for a time when America as a whole had some rationality and intelligence rather than the current brainwashed bilge that permeates the country. I am thankful that patriots will stand firm against tyranny no matter who or what seeks to spread it.
And I am thankful for my Mother, God rest her soul, for all she taught me, my grandparents, great-grandparents, and others in my family. And I am thankful that even at my age, I still have my Dad.
This only scratches the surface, but these are the things that are on my mind this Thanksgiving. I do hope your Thanksgiving is a meaningful one as you meditate on important matters. Our future as a country depends on it.
Visit my ministry site for a very brief meditation on Thanksgiving.
It's over. In a flash, just like that, an anti-gun politician who was facing a recall election sent a letter today stating that she was resigning from her seat. She did not even attend a scheduled news conference that she herself had called to address the recall election.Click here to continue reading at Anthony G. Martin's National Conservative Examiner.
Buying something brand new is often a good idea... but sometimes, it involves loss of value and it can even mean more work for you... such as breaking in a rifle barrel, for example. Don't get me wrong, I love new guns - but as a rule, I'd rather buy a used one. You get to pay less for the gun, you usually don't have to break it in, you might get some nice accessories with it, and you won't worry so much about dinging it. This article should help you figure out if a used rifle is right for you.
Read some Used Rifle Buying Advice
For years, supporters of open carry gun laws have pleaded with lawmakers to allow Texans to bear their arms openly in public. With the front running Republican gubernatorial candidate proposing open carry laws, many supporters believe the time has finally arrived for legislators to approve such a measure.
In another major revelation that poses a serious setback for the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress, sources that are verified and identified by journalists have admitted that months prior to its passage by Congress, the White House and others knew that the Obamacare law was but a scheme.Click here to continue reading at Anthony G. Martin's National Conservative Examiner.
Thanksgiving for the National Rifle Association is a good time to give thanks to the end of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s reign. The Second Amendment group on Tuesday used its Thanksgiving message to slam the co-founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and his fun-limiting attacks on fatty foods like those on the Thanksgiving table of many Americans. “Bloomberg is full of stuffing,” said the NRA under a cartoon picture of the lame duck mayor dressed as a turkey wearing a Pilgrim hat.
Thank you to all NRA members and Second Amendment supporters who turned out in advance of the snowstorm in Santa Fe last Friday to voice opposition to HB 77, legislation by state Representative Miguel Garcia (D-ABQ) to ban private firearms transfers at gun shows. The interim legislative committee holding this public hearing did not vote on whether to endorse this proposal for the 2014 session, choosing instead to simply listen to testimony both for and against this measure. Opponents of HB 77 outnumbered supporters by about a 4:1 ratio at the hearing on Friday.
I will be sending you all a special Thanksgiving greeting and a brief message either Wednesday or Thursday. But I thought I would give you a special gift as well.
This really has nothing at all to do with Thanksgiving, other than to let our hearts be filled with gratitude for great music that thrills us, soothes us, captures our emotions, and draws forth from us the deepest feelings we all share as human beings.
Tchaikovsky is known for writing some of the finest music the world has ever known. He is no doubt known best for his widely-acclaimed 1812 Overture, which has been performed perhaps by every known orchestra and ensemble in the world.
But Tchaikovsky wrote a lot of wonderful music. An example is Romeo and Juliette.
This is the overture from the piece, and it lasts roughly 20 minutes. But if you will do me a favor and allow yourself some down time to just sit and listen, and watch, I think you may discover why I consider this piece to be a gift. I take it as a gift to me. This is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written.
I know, I say that about all of the pieces I post here. But that is my intent -- to post only the best of the best, the music that moves me and captivates me. This is one of them on my list.
Here you will see Eugene Ormandy conduct the piece at the age of 80 in 1979. This would be one of his last performances as conductor and music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1980 he would step down and become "Conductor Laureate" due to a health condition that began to dog him increasingly as he got older. He had already hand picked his successor to take over when he felt he needed to step down.
But as you will see here, the Maestro was still in complete control, conducting the music from memory, and still able to pull out of the musicians the finest sounds you will ever hear from a symphony orchestra. He could be very calm and tenderly emotional while at the same time quickly changing to a vigorous, focused, dramatic, and highly charged man on a mission to draw out from his musicians the high-volume crescendos and fortes, and fortissimos, with an intensity that was not to be outmatched by any orchestra on earth.
This piece also showcases what the Philadelphia Orchestra was known for -- the glorious strings, woodwinds, flutes, French horns, English horns, and even when the brass section was at the forefront, they played with a finesse and tone that was distinctive in its quality, and easy on the ears. And everything fit together as if these particular musicians were meant to be, that they had somehow been destined to play together in order to produce that sound. And it was Ormandy who chose them. He had hired every one of them by the late 1960s and beyond.
Don't let the intro fool you though. At roughly 4 minutes and 15 seconds, and again at 5 minutes and 30 seconds into the piece, the mood changes quickly, and the music comes alive with the two main themes of Tchaikovsky's wonderful work...and everything builds up to a dramatic finish, with Ormandy displaying his characteristic vigor, his hands shaking to indicate he wants more volume, and a slight frown and clinched teeth to indicate he wants it played to the hilt. And they hit it out of the ballpark. Enjoy...
By its very nature, hunting is personal... which means different hunters do it for different reasons, find different kinds of meaning in it, and receive fulfillment from it in varied ways. I put this article together using input from a number of different hunters - people like you, who aren't writers but just wanted to share the special meaning that hunting holds for them. Enjoy!
By its very nature, hunting is personal... which means different hunters do it for different reasons, find different kinds of meaning in it, and receive fulfillment from it in varied ways. I put this article together using input from a number of different hunters - people like you, who aren't writers but just wanted to share the special meaning that hunting holds for them. Enjoy!
This week over 450,000 people signed a Change.org petition calling for the South African government to ban big game huntress and Minnesota based television presenter, Melissa Bachman. The online fury was sparked after Bachman posted a photo posing with a dead lion she hunted in Africa.The irony is that lawful hunters like Bachman are instrumental in raising money for conservation efforts, and keeping wildlife populations stable.
The Examiner has learned that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has once again engaged in one of its familiar tactics in response to various lawsuits brought against it -- the refusal to turn over documents that are considered key evidence.Click here to continue reading at Anthony G. Martin's National Conservative Examiner.
The lawsuit was filed by the top technology corporations in the nation, such as Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, and Linkedin, which are seeking the legal right to make public the number of requests they receive from the NSA and the FISA court to turn over private information, along with the number of citizens who are impacted by these requests.
Pre-Heller, anyway, there was a debate about the meaning of "well-regulated militia" in the Second Amendment. One side contended that it meant "tightly controlled and subject to much regulation" and the other contended it meant "orderly," trained, that manner of thing.
I just made a little discovery. In the Framing period, "well-regulated democracy" was sometimes used, in the sense of an orderly, organized democracy, and not in the sense of subject to many regulations.
Future chief justice John Marshall, in the Virginia ratifying convention, said
"We, sir, idolize democracy. Those who oppose it have bestowed eulogiums on monarchy. We prefer this system to any monarchy because we are convinced that it has a greater tendency to secure our liberty and promote our happiness. We admire it because we think it a well-regulated democracy: it is recommended to the good people of this country: they are, through us, to declare whether it be such a plan of government as will establish and secure their freedom."
An English translation of Baron De Montesquieu's "The Spirit of the Laws" states:
"Such is the difference between a well-regulated democracy and one that is not so, that in the former
men are equal only as citizens, but in the latter they are equal also as magistrates, as senators, as
judges, as fathers, as husbands, or as masters."
A visit to a special place can often bring back memories very vividly - and when that place is in the woods and the memories involve a hunter's first deer, they can be very powerful indeed.
"He looked down at the carbine in his hands, smiled wider, raised it to his face and planted a kiss on its walnut stock. He looked around him, soaking in the beauty of these woods and feeling the forest's pull on his heart and mind..."
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Robert Moore was working a shift at the Morning Star Mini Mart in Seattle, Wash. when a pair of masked criminals entered, brandished what appeared to be a gun, and attempted to rob the store. Moore responded by retrieving a revolver and telling the criminals, “I have a bigger one than you do.” Moore’s actions caused the robbers to flee the store to a waiting getaway car.
On November 19, the San Francisco Veteran Police Officers Association (SFVPOA) filed a lawsuit, supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA), in federal court challenging San Francisco’s recent ban on the possession of magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds. A lawsuit is currently being prepared against the City of Sunnyvale, which recently adopted a similar magazine ban. Tens of thousands of law enforcement officers across the country currently possess these common, standard-capacity magazines when they are off duty for self-defense, sport and other lawful purposes. The new magazine confiscation laws will force active police officers in San Francisco and Sunnyvale to surrender their privately-owned magazines – or face criminal liability.
The Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear "Arms" -- not solely "firearms." While firearms have always been the paradigmatic Second Amendment arm, there are many other types of arms which are protected by the Second Amendment. By far the most common of the other arms are knives.
Toy guns made to look like the real thing would be banned in California under legislation announced Friday in Sonoma County, where a sheriff's deputy last month shot and killed a 13 year old boy after mistaking his replica AK 47 pellet gun for an assault rifle.The bill, to be introduced by five lawmakers, would require pellet and other toy guns to be brightly colored or translucent so they are easily recognized. Federal law requires the replica guns only to have an orange mark on the tip of the barrel.
But law enforcement officials told FP that there is a top secret liaison organization that falls within the organizational structure of the FBI. It is called the Data Intercept Technology Unit, or DITU. This agency is charged with the task of domestic spying on citizens and clandestine data collection.Click here to read the entire article at Anthony G. Martin's National Conservative Examiner.
DITU works directly with the top U.S. communications corporations, such as Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, along with the nation's top technology companies -- such as Google, Facebook, YouTube, and Apple -- to gather information on multimillions of Americans.
This is how the big communications and technology corporations can get away with telling their customers that they do not send their personal, private information to the NSA. That information is instead sent to directly to DITU, which then funnels the information to its umbrella organization, the FBI, and then the NSA.
Governor John Hickenlooper has finally heeded calls from rural Coloradans who want their voices heard in response to the anti-gun legislation enacted this past session. Thanks to a petition circulated by local residents, Governor Hickenlooper will visit Craig for a town hall meeting on Monday.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Although many Americans today, many of whom were not yet born or were too young at the time, do not remember Kennedy, many of us remember him very well.Click here to continue reading at Anthony G. Martin's National Conservative Examiner.
And the events of that fateful day in Dallas, Texas, are forever etched in our minds.
Archer Garrett publishes an online paper that should be essential reading for all conservatives and libertarians. Take a look.
Give Me Liberty reports that the Akron, Ohio police chief says that focusing on gun ownership will never curb gun violence.
Borepatch blogs on the unintended consequences of Obamacare.
In the Middle of the Right has a good idea about what the Republicans could use in their campaign to get rid of Obamacare.
90 Miles from Tyranny comments on the Martin Bashir despicable trashing of Sarah Palin recently, and declares that MSNBC is to be condemned for not suspending him. Agreed!
Way Up North gives us a snow report from way up in Alaska. I love it up there.
The Wandering Minstrel posts a demotivational poster on Obama. Don't miss it.
From Traction Control: "Election Fraud and Rule 17."
David Codrea notes that when "the Bastard" retires from office in New York he is curiously setting up body guards to protect him, I assume for the rest of his life. Yet he won't allow ordinary citizens who cannot afford body guards to carry guns for protection. This is one of the many reasons we call him "the Bastard." But don't look now, but Bastard II -- a confirmed socialist -- is set to become mayor. More fun to come.
Roberta X says there's some grief-mongering going on regarding the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
CLO reports that "this needs to be seen by every person in this nation, especially those that voted for Obama."
Mike Vanderboegh has a plethora of must-reads from today and yesterday. Just go over there and start scrolling.
Brigid posts an important read on the storage of primers, which are vital to reloaders.
Gateway Pundit has the scoop on what Harry Reid and the Democrats did today in the Senate, and let me tell you this WILL come back to haunt them in the most severe manner possible. Payback is HELL.
WRSA provides an intriguing and sobering read on "Savage Continent."
Pamela Geller reports that al Qaeda "refugees" are in America collecting welfare checks.
Kurt Hofmann informs us about the so-called "Trayvon Amendment" and sounds the alarm that people are actually serious about it and support it.
Down Range Report blasts a TV special on the KKK which claimed that the group eventually morphed into the current Patriot Movement. Say what???? You wanna run that by me again? That is a damnable lie.
Shall Not Be Questioned informs us that Obama and company may be considering new rules for lost and stolen guns...this is not good news.
The Last Refuge of a Scoundrel says this was bound to happen sooner or later to those who perpetrate the "knockout game."
Outgoing New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has spent his career promoting an extreme gun control agenda.
The Ochoco National Forest has received proposals from some Crooked River Ranch homeowners proposing that target shooting be prohibited in The Peninsula, a popular recreational area within the Crooked River National Grassland. The Grassland is immediately north of the Ranch.
Box Canyon is a very popular recreational area. Its heavy use requires periodic clean ups to help keep it looking beautiful. We are encouraging shooters and hunters who recreate on this and other public lands to come out and participate in a clean-up project. When: Saturday, December 7 Time: 8:00 am to noon Where: Box Canyon outside Maricopa
I don't know what holiday dinners are like at Michael Bloomberg's house, but I suspect there's an awful lot of picking at food while the windbag at the head of the table lectures the assembled guests about why he's right and they're all idiots. That's the message I get from his pet Mayors Against Illegal Guns organization, which wants its loyal minions, if there are any, to sit down to their Thanksgiving feasts and immediately start fights with relatives they haven't seen in a year about gun control.
When Ohio first licensed citizens to carry a concealed handgun nearly 10 years ago, then U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine was a little skeptical.He wasn't so sure it was a good idea.But after nearly 10 years of concealed carry not only has DeWine, the current Ohio Attorney General whose office oversees the program, changed his mind but he became a supporter. He's also a licensed concealed carrier."People are just more comfortable with it and it's much more accepted that people can have a concealed carry permit," DeWine said during a visit this week in Lima. "It's much more mainstream then it was when it started."
Democratic Virginia Governor elect Terry McAuliffe has appointed Lori Haas, the Virginia State Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, to his 54 member bipartisan transition team.
The last remnants of the federal long gun registry will survive into 2014.The Supreme Court of Canada agreed on Thursday to give the Quebec government one last shot at making the case for preserving provincial registry data.
Raymond Kelly has made it clear that he believes it should be as difficult as possible, and mostly illegal, for law-abiding Americans to own a firearm for self-defense.However, when it comes to defending his life, Kelly wants to be surrounded by firearms. Not only that, he wants other people to pay for it.
Outgoing New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly has long been anti-gun. And, as a minion of anti-gun New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, he is, naturally, an outspoken proponent of Bloomberg's gun control initiatives and agenda. But guess what? When he leaves office and reverts back to just being an "average citizen," Kelly wants for himself, what he would quickly deny to you: Self-defense in the form of armed protection.
Thanksgiving Day is not until next week, but we're going to get the next item out of the way now. We realize that normal people, who at other times are "in the fight" regarding the right to keep and bear arms, will want to enjoy the upcoming holiday the traditional way: gathered together with family and friends, strengthening the ties with people with whom they are closest, giving thanks for the good fortune to live in the greatest country on Earth, and for at least a day or two, trying to abstain from argument and controversy. "Normal people," that is.
Last January, National Review Editor Rich Lowry joined a host of others in denouncing Barack Obama's use of elementary school children at a press conference to unveil his gun control agenda, calling the spectacle "stupidly exploitative" and "infantile." A newly-released ad from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, however, suggests some in the anti-gun community have perversely taken that criticism as a challenge. With the new ad, the Brady Campaign seems intent on taking the tone of anti-gun arguments from the school yard to the nursery.
On November 15th, attendees of the University of Connecticut School of Law's "Up in Arms: The Second Amendment in the Modern Republic" symposium were subjected to a presentation by Texas A&M University School of Law Professor Mary Margaret Penrose (video, starting at 1:18:30) that managed to be both stridently radical and backward looking. While antigun sentiment is all too common amongst the educational elite, Prof. Penrose upped by the ante by calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment, along with … well … reimagining the rest of the current U.S. Constitution.
An article on the PolicyMic website, written by Brian Frydenborg, who identified himself as a former "Peace Operations" student in college, makes a number of scholarly-sounding claims.
An internal memo within the Department of Justice (DOJ) has surfaced which confirms that the Obama administration had plans for gun registration and confiscation in the aftermath of the Newtown school shooting.Click here to continue reading at Anthony G. Martin's National Conservative Examiner.
Yesterday, the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 203 by a 62-27 vote. Sponsored by state Representative Terry Johnson (R-90), HB 203 seeks to make important common sense improvements to Ohio’s current concealed carry and self-defense laws including the following:
Good evening, and welcome.
Much has happened since the last time we met here on this forum, which has become our virtual fireside chat about the events of the day, the preservation of liberty, and other such issues of vital importance.
So, sit back and relax. Have a soothing beverage. Have a cigar. Or maybe the pipe. I have some of the finest tobacco to be found anywhere, courtesy of a local dealer who offers only the very best to his customers.
Recently I have discovered the pleasures of the corncob pipe. They are very inexpensive, which is probably why the higher end tobacco shops do not carry them. But I will guarantee you that you will get a mellow, fine smoke from these pipes that have a very long history.
I have to watch myself with this, though, because as an intermittent asthmatic, I cannot smoke like I want. So, I have to limit myself to special occasions.
Now, let's get down to business.
As most of you already know I try to keep my ear to the ground to ascertain what is going on in the vast political landscape. And I must be quick to say that there is always something going on there. It is relentless. And some of the most important activity is that which we cannot see. The political underground is where the power is, where the forces of good make plans to keep the fires of liberty flickering...and where the evil forces reside in their attempt to snuff out those fires. These individuals rarely show their faces above the ground, except for the purpose of wearing masks. Masking is vital to the forces of collectivism and progressivism, for this is the only way they can succeed. Dangerous enemies of liberty would never make any headway if they told the truth to the public. Most Americans would find the ultimate ends of progressivism so repulsive, so untenable, so unconscionable, that they would relegate the proponents of such tyranny to the dustbin of worthless radicals who are not to be taken seriously, much less elected to public office.
Most progressives/collectivists are smart enough to know this. They know they cannot tell the truth. They know that telling the truth will mean the end of their movement. Their goals, their dreams, all they have worked for since the late 1800s would go up in smoke right before their very eyes.
Thus, the progressives must lie to get elected. They must lie to get their agenda and proposals accepted by the public. They must lie to get their proposed laws passed by Congress. And they must lie to the public once again about the nature of the fallout of that agenda.
Welcome to the world of the vast political underground. Nothing is as it seems in public. And I mean nothing. People are not who you think they are. Their real goals are usually the opposite of what they have led you to believe. This is the only way they can lure you into supporting them.
It just so happens that 2008 was the year of the perfect political storm. All of the various components of the collectivist agenda came together in one nightmarish superstorm, a demonic cyclone in which Marxists, Islamofascists, Nazis, totalitarians, liberals, and others who affirm the goals of collectivism/progressivism all coalesced together to take control of the White House and both houses of Congress, with supermajorities that insured the minority Party had no power whatsoever.
This demonic cyclone rammed through an unpopular law in the middle of the night with no support at all from the minority Party in either the House or the Senate. This has never happened in the history of the country. For the very first time in our history, a broad, sweeping law that would not only totally change and revamp the healthcare system but change the very nature of our Republic, was passed without any support from the Party not in power. In the past such sweeping legislation was passed with at least some bipartisan support in both houses of Congress. But not this time.
Not a single Republican voted in favor of Obamacare in either the House or the Senate.
Now, I want you to let that sink in for a bit. Conservatives such as myself have often bemoaned the fact that Republicans have been stymied and hamstrung by dangerous progressives (RINOS) who form what is known as the Republican leadership establishment. These Republicans often vote with Democrats on legislation that is denounced by conservatives. Yet when it came to Obamacare, even John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Lisa Murkowski, Olympia Snowe, John Boehner, and Eric Cantor voted against it. All of them, every single one.
That alone should have told us something about the danger lurking in the Obamacare law. And the very fact that Reid, Pelosi, Obama, Biden, Schumer, Hoyer, and others would ram through this legislation and approve it without ANY Republican support whatsoever, should have been enough to show the country that this crowd is not interested in "looking out for the people" or "reaching across the aisle for bipartisan solutions." In a pig's eye they were. They don't care about you or me. They don't want bipartisanship except when THEY are the minority Party. The ONLY thing they want is power, control, money, and bigger and bigger government. They wish to be the ultimate authority in all matters.
And now that we know what Obamacare is all about, we can understand why they rammed it through, why no Republican voted in favor of it, why they lied incessantly about its provisions, and finally, why Nancy Pelosi said, "We have to pass the law before we can know what's in it."
Most did not read it, for sure. But I will guarantee you that just as sure as the sun rises the ones in leadership knew full well what was about to happen, which is why they lied and why they did not want to tell us what was in the law. Even if they did not read the entire law, they had been fully briefed by the authors of it, such as Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel (Rahm "Dead Fish" Emanuel's brother), and David Cutter of Harvard, among others.
Yes, Pelsoi knew. Reid knew. Schumer knew. Hoyer knew. Even Kirsten Gillibrand, the junior Democratic senator from New York, admitted that she knew. Gillibrand has not been around that long. So what would lead us to believe that a junior senator knew but Pelosi, who has been around forever, did not? Such a notion is laughable. They ALL knew.
Oh, but if you like your current plan and your current doctor, you can keep them. You knew that didn't you.
One commentator counted the number of times Obama made that promise to the American people. He got as high as 48 and quit counting. But now, the Fuhrer has relented and "allowed" people to keep these plans for an extra year. An extra year? Why not, like, from now on? And nevermind that most of these plans have already been cancelled due directly to the provisions of the Obamacare law, which forbids companies from offering to the public any plan that is not approved by Obamacare.
So, the Obama one-year extension comes just a tad late for most people. They have already been dropped. Their plans have been discarded in accordance with what the providers thought was the law. And now they are being asked to go back and resurrect those plans because Obama is taking a political shellacking from the public? Of course he is paying them off to sooth ruffled feathers. They are being bribed to continue supporting the Obamacare law. But no need for worry, any losses they incur will be more than compensated through health insurance company bailouts and hidden taxes in the new law that are designed to go directly to the insurance companies.
This is what it has come to, folks. If a private corporation had engaged in bribery, you and I both know what would happen. But not if government does it. What kind of a perverted standard is that?
These people are criminals. And those who aid and abet them are criminals, and that includes companies and voters who continue to support them in spite of their known lies and corruption.
Yeah, that's right, I said it. If you support this bunch, you yourself must be a criminal.
I can be most forgiving and accommodating toward those who were genuinely fooled by Obama and company. I realize that many people today are stretched to the limit. There are limits on their time, limits on their money, limits on their ability to keep up their mortgage payments, and the like. Many do not have the time or the energy to keep up with politics.
These people can learn a valuable lesson in all of this. Politics is important, and we had best pay close attention. We had best not accept what we are told at face value, but dig much, much deeper to get at the real truth. If you have learned these lessons sincerely, I can fully embrace you.
But if you can sit back and look at the lies of Obama, incessant lies, lies upon lies, lies he even told to you directly, making promises to you that he knew he could not keep, but he made them anyway just to get your support, and yet you still support this scam we call the Obama administration and their enablers in Congress, then I have no qualms whatsoever about telling you that you are aiding and abetting criminals. And you know what that means. People who support criminal activity become accessories to the crime. That means you, yourself, are a criminal.
My friend, you need to do some deep, serious soul searching. You need to understand the gravity of your position. You cannot claim any regard for morality or ethics or spirituality of ANY kind if your heart is so corrupt that you can fully embrace the deception and debauchery of the present administration and their allies in Congress.
Now, at the outset I told you I had heard more rumblings from the political landscape that should be of great interest to you. Not all of it is good, but not all of it is bad.
First, the bad news.
I have become aware in recent days that in spite of losing significant support from the American people (Obama's approval rating is down to only 37 percent), the Obama camp is most resilient and has incredibly deep support from leftwing financiers and those who are committed to the progressive vision for the country and the world. These people never give up. They have been around since the late 1800s under various and sundry names. Who would have thought that in 2008, after over 100 years since they first made waves in the world of politics, that they would show such considerable strength?
But when one looks at who, exactly, is in this movement, it soon becomes all too clear that we who oppose them have a most arduous task on our hands. They will not be easily defeated. Consider some of the main players: the leadership of the Council on Foreign Relations, George Soros and his various organizations, the Federal Reserve, Wall Street mega-banks, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the EPA, the FBI and the ATF, the NSA, the FISA Court, the IRS, John Podesta's Center for American Progress, and murky financiers from the European Union and from radical Islamic nations who wish to influence U.S. policy.
Remember that the Clintons and Obama have been the recipients of thousands of political donations from overseas, the names of which have been kept secret. But what we do know is that Communist China has pumped money into leftwing politics in this country. So have Islamic extremist nations. No wonder the American Leftwing finds itself in bed with Islamic radicals, the "Palestinians," the Muslim Brotherhood, and other like-minded groups. Following the money trail is always such an incredibly enlightening process.
Further, we have seen how far the Obama camp will go to achieve their goals. Lying to the public is only part of it. We now know that the administration manipulated the unemployment figures just two months prior to the 2012 elections. Many of us said at the time that something was amiss, that what we were observing in the corporations and small businesses at the time was not consistent with the unexplained, sudden drop in the jobless rate in September of that year.
Well, now we know that the administration had cooked the books. The real unemployment rate (that is, as "real" as the government can be) was at least three-tenths of a percent higher than what was being reported. This meant that an unemployment rate of 8.1 dropped, in one month's time, to 7.8 -- just in time for the presidential election. Obama could then claim, "My policies are working."
Of course, I had already outed the government on its false figures on unemployment, along with others who saw the same thing. The government has gradually changed the manner in which it calculates unemployment. At the height of the recession in 2009, the government claimed that the jobless rate was in the 8 to 9 percent range. But if we were to use the same method that was used during the Great Depression of the 1930s to calculate unemployment, the rate would be 20 percent...some economists placed it even higher than that. This matches the unemployment figures of the 1930s.
The Obama administration has never, ever counted as part of its calculation of unemployment the number of people who have quit looking for work in despair. Many have gone five years without a full time job, despite their best efforts. Many of these gave up after so much disappointment.
Well, guess what. When you drop out of the employment market, you are no longer counted as unemployed, in spite of the fact that you have no job.
How convenient for the administration and Congressional Democrats.
Thus, not only were the books manipulated by ceasing to count those who drop out of the job market in despair, but the administration cooked the books on its own skewed jobless figures. What they saw was a jobless rate of 8.1 percent. What they reported was 7.8 percent.
This is why I contend that nothing in this administration is as it seems to be. It is all smoke and mirrors. Manipulated figures. Outright lies and deception. And this has happened not once, not twice, but over and over and over again.
Fast and Furious. TARP I and II. The bailouts. The economic stimulus that wasn't. Benghazi. Egypt. The Fox News-Associated Press eavesdropping scandal perpetrated by the Feds. The NSA spying scandal. The IRS scandal that targeted the Tea Party, conservatives, Christian groups, etc. And now the Obamacare scam.
"If you like your current healthcare plan, you can keep it. If you like your present doctor, nobody is going to take that away from you, period."
Anyone who would do these things and deceive the American people this way, over and over, is not to be trusted. That should go without saying. But some Americans, apparently, are slow to learn. How can you trust someone who lies to you on a daily basis about the most important issues effecting your life?
And that is why I say we are entering a most dangerous period in this whole sordid saga. Obama and his minions have shown they will not hesitate to do anything to keep their power and to amass more power. They will lie, cheat, deceive, steal, bribe, and who knows what else, to maintain their current status as the kings and queens of the hill.
Now that millions of Americans are onto them, many for the first time since this crowd took office, the faceless, nameless figures of the vast army of underground operatives and thugs are probably becoming more desperate. In all likelihood they will become even more desperate as we edge closer to the 2014 midterm elections.
We have already seen at least some signs of their desperation. In Texas, cops set up a roadblock on a major roadway and took saliva samples from every single driver. Who ordered such an act of tyranny? Where were the court-issued warrants?
In addition, some trustworthy citizens are already sitting in federal prison on trumped up charges. You didn't hear that from me. But if your government would lie to you about your healthcare, what is to prevent them from arresting you simply because they don't like your views? If they decide you are expendable, then off you go to prison.
And remember, New York State has already implemented a provision of its new gun and ammo law that encourages citizens to turn in their family members, neighbors, and friends if they have seen them loading more than seven bullets into a gun in the privacy of their homes.
Any government entity that will do that will kill you if you get in their way.
We are not dealing with nice people here. They are not good, honest, trustworthy public servants. They are deadly tyrants.
And so, my friends, we are going to see increasing confrontations between the forces for liberty and the forces for government control of our lives. The rubber is about to meet the road. Are you ready?
And let me be very clear about one thing. If you wish to deprive me of my guns and ammunition, then you are not for liberty and you are not my friend. If you wish to dictate to me what I can and cannot eat, what I can and cannot drink, what I can and cannot smoke, and such, then you are not for liberty and you are not my friend. If you wish rob me of my right to have the doctor of my choosing, and the healthcare plan of my choosing, and even the right to decide I don't want any damn insurance at all, then you are not for liberty and you cannot be my friend.
It all boils down to liberty vs. tyranny. Freedom vs. slavery. If you support measures that restrict my liberties and freedoms, then you are automatically for tyranny and slavery to an all-encompassing, all-powerful central government. There is no middle ground here.
That's the bad news. Now for the good news.
Patriots all across this land are awake and paying attention. In some ways the Obamacare debacle was a blessing in disguise. It woke some people up who have not been awake in years, and not even Benghazi, the NSA spying scandal, or Fast and Furious could wake them. But Obamacare sure did.
It is very personal, and sobering, when you believed your president when he promised you that you could keep your current insurance plan and doctor if you like them, only to find that within the last seven weeks since Obamacare was rolled out you received a piece of mail telling you that since your current plan is no longer allowed by federal law, it has been discontinued and you are thus dropped from your insurance plan.
Yes, it is now very personal. As one lady put it, a 58 year old who received one of those letters, "He lied to me!!"
Well, he sure did. Now what are you going to do?
At least she is awake, and millions like her who thought they could trust Obama, Reid, Pelosi, and even Hillary, are awake as well. And they are damn mad.
Trust is a lot like toothpaste that leaves the tube. Once it is gone, it is awfully hard to get back.
This means that millions of people who were not watching closely before are now watching with a telescope. They are placing every word uttered by Obama and his minions to the test. Is this yet another falsehood? Another deception? Another ruse? Can I trust this smiling face? He seems so likable. But, but...he was smiling and entirely likable when he lied to me. So how can I trust these smiles? Maybe there is much more to a person than simply the likability factor. Ted Bundy was a charming individual too.
We as Americans have GOT to get over our obsession with how a person "comes across on TV." We CANNOT accurately make judgments about a person's character or trustworthiness based upon how they look on television. Those who know how to manipulate the masses through videos, TV, and such, are taught how to fool you. Even an actor is taught how to fool you. When you watch them in a movie, the name of the game is to get you to believe they ARE the person they portray on the screen. Nothing is wrong with that, for sure, but it makes my point. Those who know how to manipulate the masses through images are very good at fooling you, some for nothing more than entertainment purposes, but others for evil intent.
I'm glad that Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Robert De Niro, and others can so thoroughly entertain me by their ability to actually become a fictitious character on a movie screen. They are so very good at what they do. Good acting is one of life's pleasures. But I don't want my president to be a good actor. I don't want him to fool me. And when he does, he loses something vital to governance -- in a free society you cannot lead unless the people can trust that what you tell them is the truth.
And that is precisely what has been lost.
There are many ways that the liberty and patriot movement is making headway. Gone are the days when progressives in power can successfully enact gun bans. They tried, but they failed except in the most virulently blue states. Gone are the days when JBTs can perpetrate a Ruby Ridge, a Waco, etc, and not expect some sort of response from citizens who will not stand for oppressive violence by ANY government official.
Patriots are doing their part, most often in secret, away from public view. They are not violent in any manner whatsoever. But they ARE cunning and courageous. They know how to thwart the plans of tyrants under cover and without a single shot being fired. They are smuggling "illegal" firearms into states that have banned what most citizens would view as perfectly acceptable means of self-defense. But they are not going to allow government tyrants to deprive them of a guaranteed Constitutional right. So, the vast underground is very active, much as it was during Prohibition when again, government jackbooted thugs tried to prevent citizens from drinking alcohol.
How did that work out for ya, you progressive knucklehead?
And one more thing, my dear patriot friend, remember that as long as human beings long for the freedom to make their own decisions, chart their own course, live out their lives as they see fit, apart from the crazed nannies and social change agents of the surveillance state, then liberty will never be totally removed from the earth. It is much bigger than you or me. Liberty is part of our deepest longings, our hopes, and our dreams. People don't dream of becoming slaves. They dream to be free, to fly, to be their own person as a competent, reliable, and self-reliant human being. This means our cause is part of the human spirit. It is part of our nature as human beings to want to live free. And that is why, in the end, we cannot lose.
Johnny Jarriel was working his shift in the back office of a gas station in Douglasville, Ga. when a robber armed with a gun and pepper spray attacked him. The criminal sprayed Jarriel with the pepper spray, then put a gun to his head and forced him to the ground while threatening his life and demanding cash. Jarriel told the robber that the store’s safe was in another part of the business, then, while the criminal was distracted, Jarriel retrieved a gun and fired at his attacker, causing the robber to flee. Unfortunately, a few days after the incident, Jarriel’s employer fired him for violating the store’s no guns policy. Despite his termination, Jarriel, a Right-to-Carry permit holder, told a local media outlet, “I would not change a thing; I would change nothing.”
Last week, Honolulu City Councilman Stanley Chang (District 4) introduced Resolution 13-280 calling on Congress to enact federal legislation to implement President Obama’s “Now is the Time” plan. This “plan” includes a broad spectrum of anti-gun policies including strict magazine capacity restrictions and bans on commonly owned semi-automatic rifles.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was once asked by NBC's David Gregory how much he was willing to spend to spread his vision for gun control to every corner of the nation."I think I have an obligation as an American and as a citizen, as a human being, to help others. Smoking is gonna kill a billion people this century. I put $600 million of my own money into trying to stop the tobacco companies ... That's one issue. Who knows with this?"
The ATF would not comment on the draft rule, since it has not yet been released to the public, but a description provided by the White House asserts that it would target cases where guns go missing “in transit.”
After an impassioned debate, the Ohio House of Representatives on Wednesday approved legislation that would make sweeping changes to the state's concealed weapons laws, including a so called "stand your ground" self defense provision.
A law that injects technology into the gun debate has lain dormant for more than 10 years. Now it may be about to wake up.In 2002, New Jersey passed a law saying that once technology is available to prevent a gun from being used by an unauthorized person, only that type of handgun may be sold in the state.
The 1,800 or so criminals who have killed, robbed or assaulted innocent people with guns in the District of Columbia so far this year were hauled into the police station to be fingerprinted, photographed and to undergo a criminal background check.Now, legal gun owners who have committed no crime are getting the exact same treatment. That is neither constitutional, nor fair.The latest gun control scheme that starts on Jan. 1 will force every legal firearm owner in the nation's capital to go in person to police headquarters to renew their registration certificates.
Gonzaga University says it will hold its first meeting to discuss the school's ban on firearms on December 3rd.The meeting comes after a recent incident in which two students displayed a handgun while confronting a home intruder. That is against policy because they live in a university managed apartment. The two students have been placed on probation.
After a month and a half of constant bad news about Obamacare's provisions and the disastrous rollout of the website on Oct. 1, public opinion has turned so sour against President Obama and the new healthcare law that Democrats are now expressing outright rage behind closed doors, with some threatening to scrap the rollout entirely and implement a new website in its place.Click here to continue reading at Anthony G. Martin's National Conservative Examiner.
The Leon County Commission convened their meeting on November 19 at 3:00p.m. Immediately following the opening prayer and the pledge to the Flag, Chairman Nick Maddox recognized Commissioner Mary Ann Lindley who made a motion to WITHDRAW the gun control ordinance from the Agenda of the January 2014 meeting.
GOOD NEWS - The so-called "gun show loophole" ordinance is dead -- for now. Enjoy the moment. BAD NEWS - The Commission, after killing the gun control ordinance, elected an anti-gun Chairman, Kristen Dozier and anti-gun Vice-Chairman, Mary Ann Lindley.
The National Rifle Association sued San Francisco on Tuesday, claiming the city violated the constitutional right to possess guns for self defense with a new ordinance banning possession of magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
The state affiliate of the National Rifle Association has asked a federal judge in Buffalo to schedule a hearing to outline its case in public against New York's SAFE Act gun control law.The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association petitioned U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny, who is considering the group's lawsuit against the state over the gun and ammunition crackdown, because it believes oral arguments are justified in the case.
Gun legislation that includes a controversial "stand your ground" self defense provision is headed to the House floor after a legislative committee favorably reported on the bill Tuesday afternoon.House Bill 203 would also make major changes to the state's concealed weapons laws, including expanded recognition of out of state conceal carry permits, a streamlined background check system, and reduced firearms training requirements.
A federal judge ruled on Monday afternoon that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder cannot appeal a court ruling in September that upheld his contempt of Congress citation.Click here to continue reading at Anthony G. Martin's National Conservative Examiner.
Holder was held in contempt for his refusal to turn over documents pertaining to the investigation of the Fast and Furious scandal by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which is chaired by U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
Today, the House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee considered and passed House Bill 203 by an 8-4 vote. Sponsored by state Representative Terry Johnson (R-90), HB 203 seeks to make common sense improvements to Ohio’s current concealed carry and self-defense laws
Outgoing Police Commissioner and gun control proponent Raymond Kelly wants to take half dozen detectives to protect him and his family after he leaves the NYPD, DNAinfo New York has learned. Citing the fact that he will remain a “high profile target” after he leaves office, Kelly informed insiders at Police Headquarters that he will request the contingent of detectives — each will remain on the city payroll making about $120,000 a year — to shepherd him around town and protect him and his family during their travels, sources told “On the Inside.”
Tomorrow, November 20, the Ohio House Judiciary Committee will hear proponent testimony on House Bill 231, legislation that seeks to improve the safety of Ohioans by removing arbitrary “defenseless” zones for law-abiding citizens. This committee hearing will be held at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow in State House Room 121.
Big-bucks Mayor Bloomberg is leaving office in January and has offered members of his security detail six-figure salaries to leave with him, police sources said. Hizzoner made the generous offer to the veteran cops, giving them the tantalizing option of retiring from the NYPD and continuing to protect him.
Forgive me, folks, for feeling compelled to post about this, but, I must.
On this day in 1899 Maestro Eugene Ormandy was born in Hungary. Later, of course, he became the famed conductor of the unparalleled Philadelphia Orchestra, a position he held for 44 years. Ormandy propelled the orchestra to wide acclaim as the best in the world, and thus, they sold more classical music recordings than any other orchestra in history. It was said that Ormandy and the Philadelphians sold more records that all of the top orchestras in the world combined, including the New York Philharmonic during the Bernstein years, the Chicago and Boston symphonies, and the great Vienna Philharmonic in Austria.
Upon stepping down in 1980, Ormandy became the Conductor Laureate of the orchestra at the age of 81. He remained in this position until his death in 1987. But even in retirement he maintained a regular schedule of performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, in addition to the monthly performances conducted by his hand-picked successor, Ricacardo Muti.
Read more about the Philadelphia Orchestra's commemoration of Ormandy's birth here, on their Facebook page.
Now, that wasn't so bad was it? You know how I am about my music...and "my" musicians and conductors.
New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg has begun pushing his radical anti-gun agenda in cities throughout California. His tactic is to use his financial and legal resources to support anti-gun voter initiatives and ballot measures in local elections. Bloomberg’s social engineering agenda is now focused on Los Altos and Mountain View.
Today, the San Francisco Veteran Police Officers Association (SFPOA) has filed a lawsuit, supported by the National Rifle Association, in federal court challenging San Francisco’s recent ban on the possession of magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds. The Second Amendment-based legal challenge is part of a campaign of nationwide litigation filed and supported by a variety of law enforcement officers and associations to confirm that the Second Amendment protects these common standard-capacity magazines for self-defense and sport shooting.
The Leon County Commission meets TODAY, November 19 at 3:00pm. They have the opportunity to revisit and kill the "proposed" gun control ordinance. They do NOT have to wait until January 28, 2014 to take action.
Know your constituency. It's the first rule of local politics.The second: What happens in New York City usually can only happen in New York City, and is best kept there.Policies that fit “The Big Apple” don't fit a town that is, say, known statewide for its Apple Festival. Just ask Democrat Pete Lagiovane, the mayor of this Franklin County town who won't return to office in January. He lost his bid for re-election — to a seat he won unopposed the last time — in part because he signed up Chambersburg as one of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun cities.
A judge has dismissed federal employees from a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a slain Border Patrol agent over the botched "Fast and Furious" gun operation, noting congressionally mandated remedies are already in place for when an agent dies in the line of duty.
David Codrea reports that the Hearst Washington Bureau did a hit piece against guns, invoking the name of Lee Harvey Oswald to spread outright falsehoods.
Kurt Hofmann sounds the alarm that if the Brady Campaign gets its way, it will mean the end of the Second Amendment.
Bearing Arms reveals that the Obama DOJ did, after all, have an internal memo that called for the registration and confiscation of all guns. We are dealing with very dangerous people here, folks...as bad as Nazis if not worse.
WRSA declares that you are eight times more likely to be killed by a law enforcement officer than a terrorist, and he has the link to the stats that prove it. Question: what happens when the cops BECOME the terrorists in a regime like Obama's????
The Market Ticker hints that it sort of may be time for senior adults to get the heck out of AARP, which pushed for Obamacare and thus is complicit in advocating for the outright DEATH of seniors! There are excellent alternatives to AARP. That org. needs to be destroyed. They are part of the murderous enemy.
Mike Vanderboegh provides the very latest on the armed civil disobedience movement.
Way Up North says he just returned home to a temperature of three degrees (+3 F) in Anchorage after spending some time in a place where it was 80 degrees at dinner time last night.
Tam has some gun stuff to report.
Nicki was prompted to make an important distinction -- military spouses are not veterans!
Alphecca systematically takes apart a columnist in Wisconsin who blabbered like a fool on the subject of guns.
Pamela Geller posts some updates on the resolution at the U.N. on Iran human rights.
Days of our Trailers reports that there will be an anti-gun meeting tonight in Rockford, Ill.
Every Blade of Grass says he assisted with some NRA-sponsored gun classes lately, and he presents this report.
The Gateway Pundit issued some breaking news about something many of us predicted when it became clear Obamacare was failing -- taxpayers are now forced to bail-out the health insurance industry over Obamacare losses. WHY THE HELL IS IT THAT EVERY TIME OBAMA AND THE DEMS MAKE A MESS OUT OF SOMETHING IT COSTS ME MONEY WHEN I HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT???!!!
Golden Geese News notes that even the leftwing hack/actor George Clooney is upset with the electric car industry, which, by the way, is another bumbling mess Obama created with OUR tax dollars!
Brigid opines on early rising, hunting, guns, and ammo. Always a good read.
Stand Up America declares that Democrats owe Americans an apology for Obamacare...along with the very latest developments on the debacle.
New developments in the ATF Fast and Furious scandal involving the deliberate arming of Mexican drug cartels by the U.S. government have brought new attention to the three-year-old scandal that rocked the Obama administration.Click here to continue reading at Anthony G. Martin's National Conservative Examiner.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with a congressional investigation into the scandal.
Only a couple of weeks after narrowly winning his bid for Governor of Virginia, NRA-PVF “F” rated candidate Terry McAuliffe appointed the Virginia State Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Lori Haas, to his 54-member “bipartisan” transition team.
A woman in her 60s was at home in Kansas City, Mo. when a there was a knock at her door. She opened it to find a 24-year-old man, who asked after someone who didn’t live at the residence, then forced his way inside the home. The home invader then sexually assaulted the woman. During a pause in the attack, the woman was able to retrieve a revolver. She then shot and killed the criminal as he was making his way towards her again. The home invader was released from prison in 2012 after serving a sentence for burglary and robbery convictions.
Far from dead, legislation expanding background checks before gun sales still has a chance of passing this Congress, Democratic leaders in the House and Senate said Wednesday.While the background check issue has been dormant on Capitol Hill since the Senate shot down such a proposal earlier in the year, Democrats argue that enough pressure on House GOP leaders would return the topic to prominence -- and force a floor vote -- before next year's mid term elections.
Barack Obama, the candidate who promised Americans in 2008 that "I will not take your guns away," now, as President of the United States in 2013, has embraced the universal firearm confiscation of Australia and England -- schemes that saw the destruction of hundreds of thousands of registered, legal firearms that had been outlawed and taken under threat of force from licensed gun owners by their governments.
Attorney General Eric Holder is seeking an appeal to a judge's ruling that allows the House of Representatives to proceed with contempt charges over the Justice Department program Operation Fast and Furious.Holder is being held in contempt by the House for refusing to turn over documents about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' gun tracking program that allowed thousands of weapons to flow to Mexican drug cartels. The Obama administration invoked executive privilege to keep sealed some records over their response to Fast and Furious. The House Government Oversight and Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, R California, subsequently voted to hold Holder in contempt last year.
Gov. Cuomo's tough new gun law has put a target on the state's gun makers.Cities, counties and states from across the country have been making lucrative pitches to New York's firearms companies, urging them to relocate. Their argument: They have a gun friendly atmosphere, and New York does not.
The Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved legislation that would lift the state's ban on short barreled shotguns and rifles.Sponsoring state Sen. Mike Green, R Mayville, said that Senate Bill 610 would align Michigan with more than 40 other states that allow residents to own such guns if they meet federal requirements.
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