Sunday, 25 January

13:22

Email to Kate at the Dart Center on their Media Workshop on Guns and Gun Violence [Gun News]

The Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma has accepted money from the highly partisan Everytown for Gun Safety to put on a two day seminar on covering guns and gun violence. They have already been criticized for creating a propaganda vehicle using money supplied by Michael Bloomberg.

12:23

A "Fraud On The Court." David Codrea breaks most important ATF scandal story since Fast and Furious. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Note from MBV: Folks, this is the most important ATF scandal story since Fast and Furious. Please distribute it to all your email lists, post it on "gun rights blogs" and forward it to your congresscritters with the demand that they look into this. David has been working on this story behind the scenes for almost two weeks, waiting for the documents to be released. Spread it around. It will be another blow against the empire.
Judge alleges ‘fraud on the court’ by government attorneys in Dobyns case
Commenting on revelations about Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Department of Justice (DOJ) actions in the case of retired agent Jay Dobyns against his former employer, attorney David Hardy equated them with “a BATF and DOJ Watergate... or worse,” Friday. Noting that actions taken over a civil lawsuit evidently have included concealing evidence, secret threats against witnesses, and surveillance of attorneys and witnesses, the new information lends further credence to Dobyns’ allegations and appears to show government lawyers engaged in a criminal conspiracy.

02:58

Water in the desert. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

A good friend sent me the following verses which he entitled "3 important thoughts for the day." They came to me with perfect timing in the middle of a very rough night like water in the desert --
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. -- 2 Timothy 1:7
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. -- Proverbs 1:7
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. -- Romans 6:23
I'll try to have more later today, including some back channel discussion on the whys and wherefores of the John Brown NRA board candidacy.

Saturday, 24 January

20:54

Your stance on gun rights? [Gun News]

Gun rights. What are they? Are there limits? What are American attitudes? What informs positions of Americans? Do race/ethnicity/political affiliation impact attitudes? A Dec. 10, 2014, report by the Pew Research Center indicates current American thoughts on the subject of gun rights and is entitled "Growing Public Support for Gun Rights."

19:54

Michigan's Right-to-work law slowly reducing unionization [John Lott's Website]

Between 2013 and 2014, the number of workers represented by unions fell by 25,000, the number of union members fell by 48,000 (an 11% drop).  To put it differently, 96.4% of those covered by unions were previously members and now it is down to 92.7%.  Since the right-to-work law only applies when union contracts have to be renegotiated and most contracts last three years, the drop will continue for at least a while over time.  In addition, as more people leave the union, it will probably reduce the social pressure on others to remain in it.  After four or five years, we will probably have a much better measure of how much additional freedom workers in Michigan have gotten.

19:46

More on Jay Dobyns case [Of Arms and the Law]

Got into the Court of Claims docket-- here's the ruling (pdf) in which the Court accuses the Department of Justice attorneys of having committed a fraud on the Court. That's the document which the Court recently ordered unsealed.

The judgment (the order ruling that Plaintiff won) is still sealed. But it must be pretty explosive. Here's the Court docket for that time period. Notice right after entering the judgment, the Court orders that copies of the judgment be served on the Attorney General, the DOJ Inspector General (responsibility to prevent fraud, waste and abuse) and the DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility (charged with investigating ethics violations). I've never seen a court order anything like that.

UPDATE: here's more, from Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea.

16:34

Oregon Focus of Effort to Expand Background Checks for Guns [Gun News]

Fresh off a victory in Washington state, a leading gun control group backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg is hoping to make Oregon its next prize in a campaign to require gun sales to go through universal background checks. Everytown for Gun Safety backed a voter-approved initiative in Washington last year that made the state the 17th in the country to expand background checks past the federal standard applying only to licensed gun dealers.

15:48

Excusing the inexcusable. A trip down Alan Gottlieb's memory lane. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

A faithful friend and reader brought this article to my attention from the elephant's memory graveyard: "Tide definitely turned for Gottlieb on gun checks."
It comes from two years ago, in the wake of Sandy Hook and is written by Gottlieb's faithful Igor-in-a-cowboy-hat, Dave Workman.
For a few hours Wednesday, Bellevue’s Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, felt like the guest of honor at a public lynching.
Once again, Gottlieb is the misunderstood hero, the smartest guy in the room, whom the rest of us are just too stupid to get how brilliant he really is.
Lord above, how does Workman churn out this bilge, excusing the inexcusable and pretend to some sort of independence?

13:59

Kansas: Constitutional Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment Introduced [NRA-ILA News]

On Thursday, January 22, state Representative Travis Couture-Lovelady (R-110) introduced House Concurrent Resolution 5008, proposing an amendment to the Kansas constitution that protects the right to hunt, fish and trap wildlife in the Sunflower State.

12:20

Here's Why Smith & Wesson Holding Corp.'s Gun Sales Suddenly Surged [Gun News]

Smith & Wesson has been on target with reading the mood of the gun-buying public, aggressively cutting prices to queue up sales growth. Photo: Smith & Wesson Holding.

08:05

Oregon focus of effort to expand background checks for guns [Gun News]

This Jan. 14, 2014 file photo shows Michael Wright, of the Montgomery County Sheriff's office in Conroe, Texas, looking through the sight of a rifle at the Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas.

07:55

Virginia: Senate Courts of Justice Committee to Hold Hearing on Multiple Gun Bills Monday [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, January 26, at 8:00 A.M., the Senate Courts of Justice Committee is holding a hearing in Senate Room B on numerous pro-and anti-gun bills.  Your urgent action is needed to ensure that the Committee votes in support of those bills that advance your Second Amendment rights and votes in opposition to those bills that infringe on your rights.

07:33

West Virginia: First Full Week of 2015 Session Sees the Introduction of Multiple Pro-Gun Bills [NRA-ILA News]

This week was the first full week of the 2015 legislative session in Charleston and there was a large amount of activity with the introduction of bills that will greatly benefit gun owners and sportsmen alike.

04:50

Predictions coming true: More 'UBC' action on horizon [Gun News]

As the 2015 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade show winds down today in Las Vegas, a new battle front over so-called "universal background checks" is shaping up in Arizona , and it is all-too-familiar to Second Amendment advocates like Alan Gottlieb. Freshman Democrat State Rep. Randall Friese has introduced legislation to require background checks on private transfers of firearms.

02:39

The old unlovely Warthog. Heck, if the Air Force doesn't want them, give 'em to the Peshmerga. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

A-10s Fly Combat Missions Over Syria
“Anyone who is passing information to Congress about A-10 capabilities is committing treason,” Maj. Gen. James Post said recently during a speech at the Air Force’s Weapons and Tactics Conference, according to a post by former airman Tony Carr on the blog John Q. Public.
Heck, if the Air Force doesn't want them, give them to the Peshmerga. Along with Stingers, Javelins and M1A2 tanks. They'll figure out what to do with them in an independent Kurdistan. Screw the ghost of Woodrow Wilson.

00:46

Proposed Bill Would Drop Texas License Requirement to Carry a Gun [Gun News]

Just a day after being introduced, a proposed bill in Texas is already making waves. HB 195 would allow all legal gun owners in the state to carry handguns without a concealed-carry permit.

Friday, 23 January

20:46

Women Continue To Line Up For Concealed Carry Permits [Gun News]

Women are the next frontier for the firearms industry. Female gun ownership has nearly doubled between 2005-2013, and as Katie reported from Shot Show in Vegas this week, the number one reason women become gun owners is for self-defense, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation: The report, which comes from a study conducted in 2014, focused "on women ages 18 to 65 who owned at least one firearm."

18:22

Massive terrorist attacks on US would spark martial law [The Liberty Sphere]

One of the most important yet overlooked factors that will occur in the aftermath of a massive terrorist attack on the United States is that such an attack would spark martial law on a national basis. Several national security experts were contacted who have no doubt that martial law will be declared. 
Click here to continue...

16:37

Boom: Iowa gun permits soar five-fold since 2010 [Gun News]

With Iowa set to take the center stage of politics, 2016 candidates headed there to lay the ground work for the country's first caucus might take note that growth in the number of state-issued gun carry permits has exploded in the Hawkeye State. In 2010, Iowa's numbers were just shy of 40,000, but according to data from the Iowa Department of Public Safety, last year the number crested 220,000.

16:12

I need your help. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

This post on the ATF snitch John Brown is, as usual, being ignored by the "mainstream" so-called "gun rights commentariate." I need you folks to help spread the link to ARFcom and any other gun rights blogs or sites you can think of. The only way Brown (and his masters at Main Justice) will be defeated is if the word gets out. Help, please.

14:02

Unsealed court files in Jay Dobyn's case full of bombshells [Of Arms and the Law]

He's the agent who infiltrated the Hell's Angels, had BATF thoroughly backstab him, and sued the agency. Much of the court files were sealed, but were recently unsealed. Here's the local news story on what the reporter found in the formerly sealed files:

The judge accused the government attorneys of perpetrating "a fraud on the court."

Dobyns' house was burned, and he argued it was arson, carried out by Hell's Angels, and successful because BATF had blown his cover and denied him protection. It turns out that a Justice Dept. attorney in his civil case told BATF not to reopen the investigation of the arson, lest its finding help Dobyns in his suit against BATF. That was concealed from the judge until the trial.

""An ATF agent who testified in this case may have been threatened by another witness during the trial." Justice Department attorneys ordered the agent not to report the threat to the court or he would face repercussions, [Judge] Allegra said."

When the judge entered his ruling, he ordered that the seven Justice attorneys who had handled the civil case were not to file any further documents in it -- essentially, they were banned from the court.

Dobyns' attorney complained that he had been under "extreme surveillance for the last sixty days, both fixed and moving..." and that his house and car had been broken into, although no property was taken.

A former BATF agent who testified for Dobyns attested that he, too, was followed after he left the attorney's office.

This is truly a BATF and DOJ Watergate... or worse. Attorneys and agency officials concealing evidence, secretly threatening witnesses, agency surveillance of attorneys and witnesses. All over a civil lawsuit -- can you imagine what they'd do over something big?

12:23

Police Issued An Arrest Warrant For David Gregory For Breaking D.C. Gun Laws [Gun News]

A newly released affidavit confirms probable cause for arrest in former "Meet The Press" anchor David Gregory's illegal gun possession case. Gregory illegally held up a high-capacity magazine in a 2012 segment about gun control, violating Washington, D.C.'s stringent gun laws and prompting accusations of unfairness from Second Amendment supporters.

10:23

All hail Gottlieb the Great and Powerful, Omniscient Wizard of Gun Rights. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Gag alert.
A pertinent definition to go along with this Workman piece:
Hagiography, noun: 1. the writing of the lives of saints; 2. adulatory writing about another person; 3. biography that idealizes its subject.

08:13

Kansas City police squad fights illegal firearms market [Gun News]

Bullets flew inside the She's A Pistol gun store in Shawnee, Kansas. By the time Hamilton, a police sergeant and co-leader of Kansas City's "gun squad," arrived on Jan. 9, three of four suspected robbers lay wounded.

07:19

NRA Board Candidate John K. Brown Is An ATF Snitch. So ask yourself: why is a militarized federal police agency trying to penetrate the highest levels of a group as powerful as the NRA? [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

As I noted here back in September, ATF snitch John Brown is running for the national board of the NRA. That he IS a snitch is indisputable (see here and here for starters).
Colonel Robert K. Brown of Soldier of Fortune magazine pointedly does not endorse this wholly-owned ATF minion, saying in large letters and italics, "SOF is NOT endorsing John Brown, who is no relation of mine."
Brown does endorse the following folks:
"SOF endorses the following current BOD members for reelection: Scott Bach, Ronnie Barrett, David Coy, Joseph DeBergalis, Antonio Hernandez, David Keene, Wayne Anthony Ross, Don Saba, William Satterfield, Ronald Schmeits, Robert Unkovic and Robert Viden.SOF is also endorsing Sean Mahoney and Timothy Knight, who are running by petition. "
There are many questions raised by the John Brown candidacy, not the least of which is WHO on the current board backed him enough to get his name on the ballot? What is Wayne LaPierre's role in this? Chris Cox's? The more important question is why is a militarized federal police agency -- entrusted with enforcing our firearm laws -- trying to penetrate the highest levels of a group as powerful as the NRA? The answer to that is obvious.
You would think that, having been outed, Brown and the ATF (and Main Justice for that matter as they are involved in this attempted COINTELPRO) would lay low for a while. But no, their appetites betray them. They OWN John Brown. That is indisputable. The Obama administration wants him in a position of some influence within the NRA. They have their own reasons for risking the public failure of their ploy. Whatever it is, they deem it worth the risk. One wonders how many other moves of seduction and corruption they have made behind the scenes to co-opt other advocacy groups? Funny, but given his latest moves, why does Alan Gottlieb immediately spring to mind?
(NOTE: Of course, John Brown and Alan Gottlieb may sue me for both slander and libel. They certainly have the resources. I would relish such a move, knowing that the discovery phases would each be delicious in their own way.)

06:52

Keystone "coppos." A critique from an anonymous historical illiterate. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

From a comment on the post below:
After reading your blog for years and hearing you speak. It is impossible to take your warnings seriously as your only goal seems to be getting your face into the public eye. If anyone actually moved to violently oppose this treason you would be the first to betray and denounce them. You are what they called in the camps a COPPO. I have come to believe that in many ways you are more dangerous to Liberty than Bloomberg, as he at least is truthful in his loyalty to tyranny. You on the other hand , have consistently worked to support and defend the state for as long as I can discover your history. You have done more over the last 40+ years to undermine the freedom and liberty of the American people, the militia and the III% than any man since B. Arnold. Soon you will die, and may G_D have mercy on you, as history will not.
Well, I suppose that depends upon who writes the history. And by the way, my brave historical illiterate, the word is "kapo" not "coppo." It is useful to be able to correctly spell things when you're trying to get someone to take you seriously. My suggestion to you is that if reading my blog is such a waste, then don't do it. You'll feel better about yourself, perhaps enough so that one day you'll be able to use your real name without embarrassment. As for God's judgment, I will accept it without complaint.

05:08

American history redux: Keep it up and someday, when raid parties show up at people's doors, someone -- likely a great many someones -- are going to get shot. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Making a list and checking it twice.
Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Wants to Confiscate All Guns With Detachable Magazines.
"The governor's advisers say it's not their job to worry about the Constitution."
. . . The commission's chairman, Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson, is undaunted by such details. "We're not writing proposed legislation," Jackson told Reuters. "We're writing end results." This is the sort of magical thinking that makes it hard to take gun controllers seriously.
No, to not take them seriously would be a very great mistake. They ARE serious. And they expect that someone else will pay the butcher's bill when their proposals get turned into bloody state repression. The thing is, if the "authorities" are too frightened to enforce the unconstitutional laws they already passed, what makes these collectivist mokes think that more draconian measures will be enforced?

04:08

AK-47s, Now Made in AmericaBy Cliff Schecter [Gun News]

You may find yourself looking out over this vast and abundant land of ours and yet still finding a country with unmet material needs. More potable water in the Southwest.

00:04

Texas Could OK Guns Sans Licenses [Gun News]

A Texas lawmaker has introduced a bill that does away with the need for Texans to have licenses to carry guns. A Texas lawmaker has introduced a bill that does away with the need for Texans to have licenses to carry guns.

Thursday, 22 January

19:59

ND considers bill to allow firearms in more public places [Gun News]

Health care workers told North Dakota lawmakers Thursday that a broad gun rights bill that would prohibit them from asking patients about gun ownership would hinder their work and restrict their right to free speech. North Dakota lawmakers are considering a measure that would allow concealed carry permit holders to pack guns at more public places.

18:56

Cognitive dissonance afflicts Obama supporters [The Liberty Sphere]

Several sources with varying ties to the White House have noted that in order to accept Barack Obama's proposals and explanations for his proposals, one must be comfortable with "cognitive dissonance" -- the incongruity of concepts rolled out in a single sentence. One politico called it "suspension of disbelief..." 
Click here to continue...

15:54

Powerful New York gun ban politician arrested for bribery, kickbacks [Gun News]

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been arrested on a five-count federal complaint charging him with accepting millions of dollars in exchange for using his political influence, New York Daily News reported Thursday . The charges are described as "stunning" for "the Manhattan Democrat [who has been] a state political fixture for decades."

14:49

Pro-Life Leader: Supporting Gun Control Part of Being Pro-Life [Gun News]

In a preamble to January 22's Forty-First annual March for Life in Washington DC, pro-life leader and National Clergy Council president Reverend Rob Schenck stressed that supporting gun control is part of being pro-life. It's time for the pro-life movement and lovers of life everywhere to expand our vision of the sanctity of human life.

13:26

NBC, David Gregory, and why he wasn't prosecuted [Of Arms and the Law]

Legal Insurrection has the inside scoop. DC police referred the case for prosecution, noting that they'd told NBC that possessing the 30 round magazine would be illegal, and NBC went ahead anyway. The police even swore out an affidavit for an arrest warrant. But DC's "Attorney General" wrote "declined" on it and refused to proceed.

UPDATE: I checked a while back, and the DC statute of limitations on misdemeanors is three years, rather long. Not that Gregory is in any risk, mind you...

12:40

Illinois Concealed Carry License Holder Found Not Guilty After Trial [Gun News]

On January 16, 2015, in one of the first cases of its kind in Illinois, a concealed carry license holder was found not guilty after trial. In the case People v.

07:30

Thomas Cooley Law Review [Of Arms and the Law]

Is out with three articles one of them mine, its theme being "why we fight."

Wednesday, 21 January

15:50

An "I could care less" moment [Of Arms and the Law]

Some guy named Bryant Gumbel, who hosts something called "Real Sports," announces he hates the NRA.

If I could just find a silver image of the hindquarters of a rat, I could keep it as a symbol of what I do not give. Speaking of which, he said it in Rolling Stone.

10:30

As always, we're in the best of hands [Of Arms and the Law]

The Supreme Court today handed down a ruling in Dept of Homeland Security v. MacLean, essentially overruling the firing of an Air Marshal.

The marshal had been briefed on a highjacking alert... and then told that, to save money, DHS was canceling all overnight missions (that is, flight of air marshals) from his airport for the remainder of the month (the idea was to save on marshals' hotel bills when assignments were overnight). Believing that was dangerous (and illegal, since statutes said that flights of the type involved should be a high priority since they would be prime targets), he leaked the story to a reporter. As a result, DHS reversed the policy. DHS traced the leak to him and fired him.

The Court holds that he was entitled to the statutory protection for whistle-blowers, and that the exemption for whistle blowers who leak info whose release is "specifically prohibited by law" mean prohibited by law, not by agency regulation.

Tuesday, 20 January

19:30

The next big Fourth Amendment issue... [Of Arms and the Law]

Police use of radar that can see into a house. In its present form, it can only report on whether someone is inside, and their distance, but as the article notes, more advanced forms are becoming available.

11:16

The secret terror camp next door [The Liberty Sphere]

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in France, a few news outlets here and there reported that there are at least 20 sleeper cells and Islamist terror training camps throughout the United States. These cells and training camps are being monitored by the FBI as part of its daily, ongoing attempt to prevent attacks on the American homeland. But in some cases these terrorist camps operate in secret right next to your door...
...One of these compounds is located in a rural section of York County, S.C. within a half hour of one of the fastest growing suburban areas in the country... 
...The news that an Islamist terror training camp is located in York County came as somewhat of a surprise... 
Click here to read the whole thing.

Sunday, 18 January

14:19

Obama administration won't let Hobby Lobby decision apply to Religious groups, says just closely held corporations can exercise religious freedom [John Lott's Website]

It seem pretty clear that the Obama administration is just being punitive and make religious organizations bear the legal costs of going to court.  From Fox News:
The Obama administration says faith-based nonprofits should comply with ObamaCare’s birth-control mandate because they have more leeway than the corporations that won a Supreme Court ruling on the issue last year. 
Government attorneys made the argument on Thursday to the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, after pro-life ministry Priests for Life asked the court to reconsider a ruling it made last fall that requires religious nonprofits to object in writing to regulations that require employer health care plans to insure contraceptives . . .

Friday, 16 January

Thursday, 15 January

23:34

Terrorist attacks that almost occurred -- the lesson is that there are a lot of possible targets [John Lott's Website]

If there is one lesson from these news stories is that there are a lot of targets for terrorists to hit.  Before going through the newest stories here is a bit of a review.

0 0 1 167 953 AEI 7 2 1118 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE We are living in a new era.  In May, four people were shot dead at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.  In September, there were beheadings in Oklahoma and London.  October was even worse: a car attack in Quebec, a shooting in Ottawa, a hatchet assault in New York City, and a knife attack that left five dead at an Israeli synagogue.  This is but a sample.  

Now this week we have these stories:

From Fox News:
An alleged sympathizer of the Islamic State terror group was arrested in Ohio on Wednesday after authorities learned that he was plotting a shooting and bombing attack on the U.S. Capitol. 
Christopher Lee Cornell, 20, of Green Township, considered members of Congress as "enemies," and planned to travel to Washington to kill employees and officers working in and around the U.S. Capitol, according to a criminal complaint. Authorities said he had two semi-automatic rifles and about 600 rounds of ammunition, and planned to build and detonate pipe bombs at and near the U.S. Capitol. . . .
Meanwhile in Oklahoma a police chief was killed by another ISIS sympathizer.
An Oklahoma police chief survived being shot several times because he was handed a bulletproof vest just moments before entering the home of the suspect who posted statements about ISIS on social media. 
NewsOK.com reported that the Sentinel Police Chief Louis Ross was responding to the home linked to an earlier bomb threat. While police cleared out the house, they were confronted in one of the bedrooms and shots were fired. 
Ross was hit several times in the chest and arm. A man and his wife were arrested.
Authorities described the shooting suspect as a man in his 30s who posted statements on social media about ISIS. . . .
Also in Belgium:
Belgian authorities were searching for clues early Friday after police killed two in raids aimed at jihadists returning from Syria who were planning to launch a "Belgian Charlie Hebdo" attack, officials said. 
Police were searching in Verviers, where the raid took place, and the greater Brussels area as part of a weeklong investigation that started well before the terrorism spree last week that led to 17 deaths in the Paris area. The Belgian operations had no apparent link to the terrorist acts committed in France. 
And, unlike the Paris terrorists, who attacked the office of a satirical newspaper and a kosher grocery store, the suspects in Belgium were reportedly aiming at hard targets: police installations. . . . 

20:07

Papa John's lets pizza delivery woman who shot armed robber keep her job, Police: "She had no other choice" [John Lott's Website]

As the police say, the pizza delivery woman "had no other choice" and she would have been in real danger if she hadn't had her concealed handgun permit.  From Fox News:
The employee was making a delivery in Decatur, Ga., Sunday night when a man approached her vehicle, forcing her onto the ground at gunpoint, according to the DeKalb County Police Department. The woman, who had a gun in her pocket, was able to fire at the man while on the ground -- striking the alleged assailant, identified as 24-year-old Donquaz Stevenson, in the face. 
Stevenson was later found in a neighbor's yard and arrested, according to police, who said the pizza delivery might have been a setup. Local media outlets reported that a second suspect carjacked the delivery woman's silver 2000 Honda Accord and remains on the run. 
Stevenson was charged with armed robbery and was being treated for a gunshot wound at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. 
The delivery woman's mother had told WSB-TV her daughter is worried she may lose her job because she was carrying a firearm at work for protection. . . . 
"She had no other choice. She must have been in fear for her life and she reacted," Capt. Stephen Fore with the DeKalb County Police Department told WSB-TV.  . . .

10:54

Why the CDC isn't funding antigun propaganda just now... [Of Arms and the Law]

It's because it fears what Congress would do to its budget if it did.

Good. All the solid work in this field was done decades ago by criminologists. They've had a lot to say about the CDC's produce, and none of it is good. The medical studies being cranked out ignored basic principles of criminology, and did not deal with prior criminological studies.

I found several that concluded that gun density (percent of households with guns) were positively related to gun fatality rates. The logical problem: they estimated gun density by percent of suicides that involved firearms, and measured gun fatalities to include suicide (which far outnumber murders, and make up about 60% of the total). So their real conclusion was: where guns are more often used in suicide, guns are more often used in suicide. Well, yes.

09:38

Leading European Rabbi calls for Jews to be able to carry handguns [John Lott's Website]

Putting 10,000 French soldiers in front of Jewish facilities will offer little protection as terrorists have control over where and when they attack.  Terrorists have important strategic advantages in picking the time and place for attacks.  Putting uniformed guards at places mean that terrorists will either kill these guards first or wait for them to leave an area before an attack occurs. From Israel National News:
A prominent European rabbi has called on governments to relax gun-licensing legislation to allow Jews to carry firearms for self-defense, following last week's deadly Paris attacks and amid rising anti-Semitism on the continent. 
Rabbi Menachem Margolin wrote to the governments of all EU-member states urging a change in the law to allow special gun permits for Jews at risk. 
In the letter Rabbi Margolin, who is director general of the Rabbinical Centre of Europe (RCE) and the European Jewish Association (EJA), wrote:  
"We hereby ask that gun licensing laws are reviewed with immediate effect to allow designated people in the Jewish communities and institutions to own weapons for the essential protection of their communities, as well as receiving the necessary training to protect their members from potential terror attacks." 
In a statement to Newsweek, which obtained a copy of the letter, Rabbi Margolin added that he believes that "as many people within the Jewish community as possible" should carry weapons. . . .

Wednesday, 14 January

09:26

Academia and enforced conformity [Of Arms and the Law]

Prof. Brian Anse Patrick has thoughts and experiences there.

"Perhaps I was and remain naïve in expecting free and respectful discourse, but one of my chief intellectual interests is the informational sociology of what I have described elsewhere as the new American Gun Culture. It soon became apparent this was a forbidden topic. For my dissertation work I examined the role of negative media coverage in mobilizing NRA membership, discovering that the more negative coverage NRA received over a ten-year period, the more its membership increased. My dissertation findings became my first book. But in graduate seminars at UM a senior professor would make curdled milk expressions when my research topic came up. He would say things like, "I don't let my children even play with toy guns," obviously disgusted, as if this absolutely refuted the findings. When I was nearing the end, at the dissertation writing stage, Professor Curdled Milk attempted to divert away from me a crucial dissertation writing fellowship that had so far gone to all other members of my graduate program to help them finish in a timely fashion. I called him on this and got the fellowship, but he never looked at or talked to me again."

I've encountered much the same. Folks who talk of "improving diversity" but don't want to think of improving intellectual diversity (which you'd think would be the most important kind, for a teaching institution). My late friend Prof. Bill Bailey, probably the most brilliant man I have ever known, couldn't get articles published (and thus was denied tenure) because the academic editors would say they were "politically naive" (code for "insufficiently Marxist," and I mean that literally). He was also in the communications field, where you'd think a person could contribute thought without worrying whether it was Marxist, Hegelian, of faithful to Freud.

Tuesday, 13 January

12:32

Pa preemption lawsuit filed [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here. It's filed by a chapter of US Law Shield against the City of Harrisburg. As I recall, the preemption law had problems under the State constitutional requirement that a bill have but one purpose.

11:56

Gun control advocates attack American Hero Chris Kyle [John Lott's Website]

What could possibly justify these vicious comments?  Will gun control advocates keep this movie from "the Oscar spotlight"?  From Fox Nation:
. . . The Washington-based Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has given critics of the upcoming movie a Facebook outlet to rant about the subject of the movie, sniper Chris Kyle, killed after the leaving the military and while he was at a gun range with a vet suffering from PTSD. 
“Good Riddance,” wrote one. “What goes around comes around,” sneered another. 
Kyle is an American hero, a sniper so effective in Iraq that terrorists put a bounty on his head. But the movie is a liberal’s nightmare and the anti-gun coalition’s supporters have been eager to condemn it and keep it out of the Oscar spotlight. . . .
Chris Kyle's widow has her reaction to the new movie here

Monday, 12 January

17:20

Feinstein disclosure represents old news, comes too late [The Liberty Sphere]

When U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., stated publicly last week that terrorist sleeper cells were active in the United States, some members of the media along with many average citizens reacted as if this were earth-shattering news. But, in fact, the Feinstein disclosure represents old news and comes too late to adequately prevent a new 9/11 styled terrorist attack.
 Continue reading by clicking here.


Sunday, 11 January

10:09

Military Warriors Support Foundation [Of Arms and the Law]

Yesterday I flew next to Lt. Gen. Leroy Sisco, the CEO of Military Warriors Support Foundation. They function to give homes to disabled veterans, in exchange for them accepting financial mentoring and other help (most of these are young folks). In 2014 they set up 200+ vets in houses. (They also set them up with apartments). I recall there is some controversy about Wounded Warrior Project being antigun... this is definitely a different group. Gen. Sisco, its CEO, was flying back from an NRA Board of Directors meeting, and showed me a picture of a custom 1911 that he would soon be receiving. I don't think we have to worry about these guys being anti!

Friday, 09 January

04:03

Note that the places Al Queda has discussed attacking in the US are places where few permitted concealed handguns are allowed [John Lott's Website]

From Yahoo News:
Al Qaeda militants in Syria are plotting attacks to inflict mass casualties in the West, possibly against transport systems or "iconic targets", the head of Britain's MI5 Security Service said on Thursday.Speaking after gunmen killed 12 people in an assault on a French satirical newspaper, MI5 boss Andrew Parker warned a strike on the United Kingdom was highly likely. . . .
From the Daily Beast:
In the Spring 2014 issue, for example, Inspire proposed attacking cities and military facilities in northern Virginia, the site of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, and targets in Los Angeles and Chicago. . . .
 In Los Angeles, there are only about 240 concealed handgun permits in an adult population of about 8 million people.  In Chicago, it costs about $500 to go through the process of getting a concealed handgun permit.

Thursday, 08 January

14:35

Due to circumstances beyond my control.... [The Liberty Sphere]

They claim "the road to hell is paved with good intentions." While I do think that is a bit harsh and that the Almighty has much more grace for his imperfect children than that, I have to say that this week has been fraught with circumstances beyond my control. This prevented me from doing the writing and publishing I had promised.

But do not despair, my dear reader, for this temporary setback is but a hassle. Tomorrow we will try again. And I do have some important info I need to convey.

Once again, thank you for hanging in there with me.

Tuesday, 06 January

17:58

Newest piece in Investors' Business Daily: "Do Blacks Really Feel Especially Distrustful Of Cops?" [John Lott's Website]

My newest piece in Investors' Business Daily starts this way:
With chants of "NYPD, KKK" and signs saying "Stop Racist Police Terror" up until days before Christmas, protesters in New York made it clear that they don't trust the police.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's second inaugural address was blunt: 
"The truth is the justice system does need review. The truth is there are troubling questions that have been raised which must be answered." 
But despite the overwhelming political and media rhetoric and the polls, there is strong evidence that blacks trust police at least as much as whites do. 
If you looked only at recent polls by Gallup and Pew, there is no question: blacks clearly don't trust police. 
Blacks were asked to explain why black males go to prison so much. Compared to other Americans, blacks were 29% more likely to say it was more a matter of racial discrimination than it was about the disproportionate number of crimes committed by black males. Blacks are much more likely to say that police treat blacks less fairly than whites. Blacks are also more likely to believe that the police are dishonest. 
The media have also bombarded people with "evidence" that blacks are discriminated against. Take the widely reported false claim that black men between the ages of 15 and 19 are 21 times as likely as whites to be killed by a police officer. Few note that these numbers are based on just 1.2% of police departments and that the ones that do report represent very heavily black urban areas. 
Politicians have supported these fears. After the Ferguson grand jury verdict, President Obama emphasized that the anger about the verdict was "an understandable reaction" and blacks' distrust of police is "rooted in realities." 
But what people say and what they do are often very different. 
A great many blacks say that Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown were innocent and unarmed. But that doesn't mean that they act like that they all believe it. . . .

The rest of the piece is available here.

16:50

Bloomberg's gun control groups explain their strategy: focus on the states [John Lott's Website]

Gun control advocates are going for a state by state approach, following along what homosexual rights groups have done.  The left wing Salon had this interview with Bloomberg's Shannon Watts:
. . . If you look at what we’ve done in the states alone — in 2013, we helped close the background check loophole in several states (Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New York) … and then we built on that this year. We got six different states, red and blue, to pass laws that would keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. And those were signed by [governors] from both parties … And then we went to Washington State where our moms were a huge part of the success of getting I-594 passed with 60 percent of the vote … And this is something we can take to two-dozen other states … to get [similar] initiatives passed there … We passed a critical gun-violence restraining bill in California, which is a prototype that we can take to other states … 
We have had huge success with our corporate campaigns. We decided that this was very much a cultural issue, so we took this issue to companies and said, You need to have policies around guns just like you do [for] attire, outside food, smoking, etc. And just in the last year we’ve gotten Target, Chipotle, Starbucks, Sonic, Jack in the Box, Chili’s — we’ve gotten all these major retailers and restaurants to say, We don’t want open-carry in our stores (in fact, some of them have said they don’t want any guns in their stores). 
If you look at how the acceptance of gay marriage came to be in this country, it was just like this; this is pretty much the playbook. You bypass Congress, you go straight to companies, you go straight to the state legislatures, you build a huge amount of momentum, you educate voters about this issue, and when they go out to the polls in 2016, hopefully you get a Congress in place that’s going to do the right thing. Maybe they’ll do the right thing before that, but we’re not going to rest on our laurels. . . .
The errors in this are quite numerous.  None of the states that they point to are "red" states.  An analysis of the 594 initiative is available here.  An analysis of the California restraining order is available here.

The claims in the second paragraph about the success in their corporate campaign are simply false (see herehere, and here.

11:44

The subsidy for students going to state colleges keeps going up and up [John Lott's Website]

Click on figure to enlarge it.

A lot is being made about the fact that students at public universities are covering a greater percentage of the costs of their education.  But students still only cover 25% of costs. The Washington Post makes a big deal about the fact that the share of state funded university expenditures that the students cover is more than that covered by states? 

The problem is that people are only covering a tiny fraction of the cost of their education. Going from 17% to 25% of costs is an improvement, but the absolute size of the subsidy has increased. Why should we be increasing the absolute size of the subsidy for the future wealthy (those who graduate from college will earn above average incomes)? All state college expenditures would have to go up by only 11 percent from 2003 to 2012 for the absolute subsidy to have gone up. In fact, inflation went up by 25% over that time. If that was how much state college costs went up (we can dream that they only went up that much), the total subsidy increased 13% faster than what students paid.

I haven't taken the time to look it up, but clearly university expenditures have gone up by much more than inflation over that period of time.

Monday, 05 January

16:30

The "Cromnibus" and gun laws [Of Arms and the Law]

I've been reading that massive enactment, after a comment a few days ago pointed out that it might affect folks who had both a firearms permit and a medical marihuana card. So far I've found three areas relating to firearms.

On p. 58, the usual appropriation riders forbidding BATF to process petitions for relief from disabilities (i.e., the dis-ability to possess firearms. And, as usual, an exception for petitions filed by corporations! Also, no money can be spent to transfer BATFE's functions to other agencies or departments.

P. 78: no more "Operation Fast and Furious" type operations.

Pp. 82-83: restrictions on agencies limiting firearm exports to Canada. And one restricting denials of permits to import curios and relics.

Pp. 272-73: Fees collected by Interior for testing nontoxic shot may be kept and spent for that testing. (Normally an agency has to turn over all fees to the government's General Fund, and hope to get them back through appropriations).

13:54

Conservatives keep wary eye on presidential executive orders [The Liberty Sphere]

Ever since Barack Obama dared Congressional Republicans to try to stop his legislative agenda, much has been made of the process of the executive order or executive action -- one of the enumerated powers the Constitution grants to sitting presidents. But the manner in which Obama wishes to use the provision has sounded the warning alarm in the thinking of most conservatives....
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12:23

Well, hi [The Liberty Sphere]

Hi there. I hope Christmas and New Year's gave you a break and helped focus your mind on the things that truly matter. There is nothing any more important than to know who we are and what we are about. Once those things have been decided, everything else seems to fall into place.

I used this particular holiday season to take some time off. In the seven years I have been writing for the Examiner, I have not had a break. It seemed that this year, however, was perfect for such a break since I have been sidelined part of that time with various ailments anyway. So, I seized the opportunity to avail myself of such a break, and it has been amazingly refreshing.

Eye surgery has been put off indefinitely. My doctors don't want to make a bad situation worse. Plus, as long as I can see out of the bad eye, I can function. If he (the doctor) changes his mind and wants to do the surgery pronto at some point, I will let you know.

You know what to do. Pray and trust God for good outcomes.

Sunday, 04 January

20:58

Burial places of NRA Presidents [Of Arms and the Law]

Webpage here. The most frequent resting place of those already listed is Arlington National Cemetery. Three of them earned the Congressional Medal of Honor. One, "Red Mike" Edson, received that plus two Navy Crosses (the second highest award for gallantry) and the Silver Star (the third highest award for gallantry).

19:13

New York State claims that insomnia is sufficient mental illness for retired cop to have his guns taken away [John Lott's Website]

A decorated retired New York cop is suing the state for taking away his guns.  From Fox News:
. . . Donald Montgomery’s lawsuit contends that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other state officials violated his Second Amendment rights when his guns were seized after a brief hospital stay for insomnia. Montgomery, a cop for 30 years and a U.S. Navy veteran, brought the lawsuit in Rochester Federal Court on Dec. 17, according to the Daily Caller
The SAFE Act became law with little public debate after Cuomo convinced lawmakers that New York needed to do something after the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn. 
Montgomery was the owner of four guns -- a Colt .38 handgun, a Derringer .38, a Glock 26 9-mm. and a Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380. 
His troubles started when he visited a Long Island hospital in May complaining of insomnia. He was discharged with a diagnosis of “depression, insomnia” and then returned a short time later for a 48-hour stay. The lawsuit says that during that visit, staff erroneously listed him as an “involuntary admission,” triggering the SAFE Act reporting provision. Those deemed at-risk for owning guns by mental health professionals have to be reported and their names entered into a database. 
The lawsuit claims Montgomery should not have been reported because he was not a threat to himself or others. The suit says a hospital psychiatrist told him “You don’t belong here” and “I don’t know why you were referred here.” . . .

08:23

Homeowner shots to death home invader, defends pregnant fiancé [John Lott's Website]

This might not have gone as smoothly as one would want, but against two robbers it isn't clear what other option this many had.  From TheIndyChannel ABC Channel 6:
. . . IMPD [Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department] officers were called to a residence on the 3100 block of East 10th Street at 10:23 p.m. Sunday on a report of shots fired. 
The caller reportedly told police they had shot someone who attempted to rob them.
Officers arrived on scene to find an unidentified male with apparent gunshot wounds.
Homicide detectives said the suspect forced his way into the victim's apartment, pulled his gun and disarmed the would-be victim. But the victim and his pregnant fiancé wrestled the gun back and shot the suspect. 
The suspect, identified as Dequan Cummings, of Indianapolis, was pronounced dead at the scene. . . . 
Meanwhile, police are looking for second robbery suspect. Because of the death of the other suspect, the second suspect will face felony murder charges when captured, RTV6's Jack Rinehart reported. . . .

Saturday, 03 January

17:51

Armed smash and grab cell phone thieves stopped by armed employee [John Lott's Website]

St. Louis has been plagued for years by armed robbers who break into cell phone stores and steal all the cell phones that they can grab. An example from June 2013 is available here.  Here is the police account from a robbery today:
. . . An employee arrived to start work and saw two men in a Mitsubishi Diamante drive into the front glass door of the store. The men then entered the store carrying bags, followed by a third man who had exited a Jeep Cherokee. Once inside the store, the men began to smash out the glass on the counters where cell phones were stored. The employee retrieved a firearm and began shooting at the burglars, hitting one. The trio dropped the bags and ran from the store. The cell phones were all recovered. . . . .
These robberies with the thieves smashing their cars through store windows must be pretty scary.

Thanks to Tony Troglio for the link. 

Thursday, 01 January

21:05

Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate in Texas, Wendy Davis, just said that she supported open carry as a way to win political support, she didn't really believe it [John Lott's Website]

This past June, Wendy Davis painted herself as being pro-gun on many issues (from open carry to allowing permitted concealed handguns to be stored in people's cars on college campuses to reducing training for permits).  Democrats, of course, denied the claim that Davis was really anti-gun and just pretending to be pro-self defense.  As the argument went this past summer, from Politico:
Rising Democratic star and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has joined her top Republican rival in supporting a proposed "open carry" law. It would allow people with concealed handgun licenses to wear a pistol on their hip, in full view, while in public. 
Davis has said she supports expanding gun rights in Texas. In a statement to the Associated Press, she said that includes open-carry — a position that puts her at odds with her own party but could keep her from alienating gun rights advocates in a deeply conservative state where the Second Amendment is sacrosanct. . . . 
Davis, who said she keeps a gun at her home for protection, supported legislation last year to allow college students with concealed handgun licenses to keep their weapons in their cars. She also voted for reduced training requirements to get such a license. 
Still, gun rights advocates were skeptical. Texas State Rifle Association spokeswoman Alice Tripp noted Davis' previous calls for more restrictions on gun show sales and past votes against allowing concealed license holders to carry their guns in classrooms and buildings on college campuses. 
"Wendy Davis has a very bad record as far as gun owners go," Tripp said, calling Davis an "opportunist." 
Abbott spokesman Adviel Huerta expressed a similar sentiment. . . . 
But veteran Democratic consultant Harold Cook said Abbott supporters have already tried to portray Davis as anti-gun. 
"If the issue isn't important to you, then it would be smart to take it off the table by saying, 'Me, too; now let's go back to talking about education and how we fund road building and the stuff the mainstream of Texas is really concerned with,'" he said. . . .
Well, now Davis says that she really didn't believe her promise and just said it to get elected.  She told the San Antonio newspaper:
"There is one thing that I would do differently in that campaign, and it relates to the position that I took on open carry. I made a quick decision on that with a very short conversation with my team and it wasn't really in keeping with what I think is the correct position on that issue." . . . 
Note: I am not a big fan of open carry, so it isn't upsetting to me that she didn't support it, but saying she did when she really didn't is the problem. 

16:50

Nine recent defensive gun uses by homeowners [John Lott's Website]

A very quick news story search turned up these nine cases.

UPDATED CASES: Perkin, Illinois homeowner shoots a man who was trying to break into his home shortly after midnight (December 31, 2014):

. . .  The homeowner called police about 12:20 a.m. to report an unknown man was trying to get into his house through the back door. Officers found no one at that time.
“The scene was checked thoroughly” for signs of an attempted break-in or other damage to the garage and property, Eeten said. None was found.
About 20 minutes later, the woman in the home called 911. Eeten said he understood that the homeowner shot the purported prowler while she still was on the phone.
The wounded man ran “but didn’t get very far,” Eeten said. . . .
Memphis, Tennessee homeowner kills home invader who forced way into home (December 24, 2014):
. . . Officers responded to a home in the 2300 block of Devoy at about 6:20 p.m. Tuesday, where they saw 22-year-old Nico Carlisle with multiple gunshot wounds lying at the front door. Officials pronounced Carlisle dead at the scene. 
Investigators say Carlisle and another man knocked on the door, then forced their way inside when a woman answered the door. Carlisle then put a gun to the woman’s neck. 
The homeowner grabbed a handgun before going to investigate the commotion, and fired multiple shots at the men, hitting Carlisle. . . . 
The TV news segment makes it clear that the homeowner will not be charged in this case.

Original stories


Oklahoma City Pastor kills man who breaks into his home (December 22, 2014):

. . . The pastor's son called 911 around 3:15 Saturday afternoon and told dispatchers someone broke into their home in the 2400 block of Moulton Dive and his father shot them. . . .
According to the church's web site, Vineyard has been a pastor at Windsor Hills since 2007. The church is known as a staunch supporter of gun rights and has faced criticism for training youth to use firearms. 
A warning on Vineyard's front door that reads “Nothing on this property is worth your life” seemed to send a clear message to anyone questioning his conviction. . . . 
“If somebody is in the residence like that, they feel threatened they or their family feel threatened, they do have the right to defend themselves,” explained Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow, with the Oklahoma City Police Department. . . .
Jefferson County homeowner kills intruder inside his rural home (December 12, 2014):
. . . The shooting happened in the 26300 block of Clear View Drive about 8:30 a.m. near Rockland Community Church and Ralston Elementary School, north of Genesee.
The identities of the homeowner and the intruder were not immediately released. Both were adult men, the sheriff’s office said. It’s unclear how the intruder forced his way into the home.
A Sheriff’s Office spokesman said preliminary the case could fall under the “Make my Day” law. He added the homeowner ran to a neighbor’s house after the shooting and 911 was called from there. . . .
Hardinsburg, Indiana homeowner shoots man who breaks through front door at 1 AM (November 25, 2014):
. . . It was just after 1 a.m. when, according to Indiana State Police Sgt. Philip Hensley, a masked man carrying a knife broke into a Hardinsburg home . . . 
Two brothers, Barry and Terah Frost heard the commotion.  They moved their 86-year-old mother into a bedroom to protect her and went downstairs to investigate.  They found only the broken front door police say Jacob Grimes, 23, of Paoli, had forced his way in." 
The brothers got some tools out, a flashlight, a drill. They're gonna fix the door. Barry goes to open the cellar door and he looks down and sees feet," Hensley said. 
He says Grimes, armed with a knife began attacking Barry Frost, punching him repeatedly.  Grimes was on top of Barry when Terah shot him in the back three times with a handgun.  Hensley says under Indiana law the men acted within their rights."He's already attacked one homeowner. What's to say he's not going to take the knife and attempt to kill all three residents?" he said, adding the situation was "a tragedy." 
Police say the homeowners and the suspect did not know each other and they did not live close either.  The suspect, Jacob Grimes, would have had to travel 16 miles from where he lived in Paoli to the home police say he broke into.  Police are still investigating how he chose that home and how he got there, but they say, it appears to be random. . . .
Meonominee, Michigan homeowner defends himself again three men, kills one (November 14, 2014):


. . . According to the Eagle Herald out of Marinette - Menominee he is 19-year-old Hayden Gagnon of Pulaski. 
Police say Gagnon was shot by the home's owner. Two other men, Matthew Franjose and Thomas Hartman, both of Green Bay, were arrested in connection with the case. 
The homeowner does not face charges. . . 
Colorado Springs woman shoots to death man trying to break into her home (November 2, 2014):
. . . Police received a call just after midnight about a burglary in progress with shots fired. When officers arrived, they found a man with a gunshot wound.  Eduardo Gonzalez-Ortiz, 32, died at the hospital.
"She said she just heard some crashing, and got up and saw that this guy was climbing through her window," said homeowner Linda Orist of her tenant.
Orist said her tenant was upset and shaken up but was relived she was OK.
"She was upset that she had to kill someone to protect herself," said Orist.
Orist said the man initially tried to get in through the back door. When he was unsuccessful, Orist said he broke a window with a brick and tried to climb in.
"She warned him that she had a gun and to go away but he, I don't know, for whatever reason, he kept coming, and she shot a warning shot into the wall and he kept coming so she had to shoot him twice," said Orist. . . .
Gainesville, Texas homeowner fatally shoots man who broke into his home at 2 AM (October 28, 2014):
. . . the home invasion happened inside a home in the 1100 block of Hillcrest Boulevard about 2 A.M. The suspect is identified as 20-year-old Dakota Ray Huckaby of Gainesville.
Belva McClinton with Gainesville police says the homeowner told officers over the phone he had shot the intruder.
"Officers did arrive on scene and located a male laying in the backyard of the residence," said McClinton. "He succumbed to his injuries, so they did not transport from the scene."
Family members at the residence didn't wish to speak to the media, but they told us that the homeowner is the father of a 9-year-old boy, and he made the choice he felt necessary to protect his household--a decision that locals say they understand. . . .
Sarasota, Florida homeowner shoots armed man who breaks into home at 6 AM (October 21, 2014):



A father says he was forced to shoot and kill a burglar in order to protect himself and his son Tuesday morning.  The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said the intruder, identified as Calvin Yoder, broke into their home in the 2100 block of Ernie Shank Court just before 6 a.m.  
Homeowner Christopher Bane called 911 to report the break-in. He said he was home alone with his 11-year-old son when he heard the intruder, so he grabbed his gun and walked out to confront him.   
As he did so, deputies said Yoder fired shots his way. Bane fired back, and during the hallway shootout, Yoder was killed."Apparently the homeowner has been a victim of burglary recently, and so he was on alert. He was on edge," said Sarasota County Sheriff's Spokesperson Wendy Rose. "And as soon as he heard glass breaking, he armed himself to protect himself and his 11-year-old child, who was in the home." . . .
Lumberton, NC grandfather uses gun to stop armed rapist who was attacking teen granddaughter (October 21, 2014):
A grandfather shot back and is believed to have killed a suspect in a home-invasion and attempted rape of his teen granddaughter on Monday night, Robeson County Sheriff's officials said. 
The grandfather was also shot – but  he also managed to shoot the 2 other suspects in the home-invasion and attempted rape, said Maj. Anthony Thompson with the Robeson County Sheriff's Office. 
The incident started around 10 pm at a house on Yedda Road in Lumberton on Monday night when someone knocked on the home of the grandfather, his wife and their 19-year-old granddaughter, according to the sheriff's office. 
Two of three men – all wearing black clothes, ski masks and gloves -- stormed into the house and demanded money, officials said. . . .
Omaha, Nebraska homeowner shoots, kills intruder (September 8, 2014):
 . . . Police were still on the scene in the Woodbridge Neighborhood hours after being called around 9 a.m.Police said the homeowner, Larry Rohatsch, told them he went to answer the front door after someone rang the doorbell and a man was standing inside the home. That’s when the homeowner opened fire, police said.
A neighbor said the intruder kicked in the homeowner’s door. . . .
The homeowner’s 4-year-old daughter was also home at the time of the shooting, police said. . . .
"I think everyone should have a gun and be ready to defend themselves, and if someone's in your house, I think you have every right to defend your home and your loved ones and shoot them if you have to," [neighbor Ann Gray] said.
In the last 6 months, six burglaries have been reported in the neighborhood and the neighborhood just to the west of 78th Street. . . . 
80-year-old homeowner kills intruder and scares off accomplish 
A Long Beach homeowner has no regrets after shooting and killing a woman who said she was pregnant after he got into a confrontation with her and another man who were ransacking his sprawling home.
Tom Greer, an 80-year-old retiree, arrived to his upscale Bixby Knolls neighborhood Tuesday night to find a couple in the middle of a late-night break-in.
"When I went in there, they tackled me," Greer told NBC4 Wednesday. "Both of them jumped up on top of me."The intruders, a man and woman, may have underestimated Greer, he said, as they ransacked his safe and yanked the door open right in front of him.The intruders threw Greer to the ground, but they didn't know he'd gotten his .22-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver. . . .

12:14

I truly hope for your sake and mine.... [The Liberty Sphere]

I truly hope for your sake and mine that 2015 will be a good year. 2014 was not a good year for the country, nor me personally. But, I am still here and still cranking out all the info I can to keep America free by urging a hasty return to Constitutional law, which we have totally forsaken.

Thus, have a happy new year, my friends. We need to stick together and keep our eye on the goal. And for your good and mine, and for the good of the country, I pray the Lord will help us survive. God bless!

12:11

Now wait just a doggone minute here... [The Liberty Sphere]

You folks didn't actually think I was gonna let the holidays of Christmas go by without posting a couple of must-listens, did you? Hrmph. Well, think again.

First, we have the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah, which is a musical on the entire life of Christ, perhaps the very first time Christ's entire life has been set to music. This is classic Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, along with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Handel's Messiah can be done at either Christmas or Easter because there is as much there about the suffering and death of Christ, and the Resurrection, as there is His birth. This rendition immediately became a best-seller when Columbia Masterworks released it in the late 1960s, and it is still tops on various sales charts for the Christmas and Easter seasons.
Click here to go directly to YouTube site for it. And help it along. This was posted by a Handel fan recently.


And then I have some readers who always express their appreciation for my Perry Como selections during this time of year. Perry Como became synonymous with Christmas during his career, due to his much-publicized Christmas specials on national TV. I have never posted this one, but it was one of Perry's best, and he had a chart topping hit with this in 1954. Enjoy...

Tuesday, 30 December

16:26

Concealed handgun permit holder comes to the rescue and stops four people from robbing a man [John Lott's Website]

From WDAZ Channel 8 TV (ABC) in Fargo, North Dakota:
A passer-by with a handgun stopped four people from assaulting and robbing a 36-year-old man Monday afternoon in downtown, according to Fargo police
.Lt. Joel Vettel said one of the four knew the victim and lured him behind a building in the 900 block of NP Avenue. There, the man was assaulted, knocked unconscious and robbed of his wallet, Vettel said. 
Police were dispatched to the scene about 12:10 p.m. and learned that the passer-by, who has a license to carry a concealed weapon, brandished his gun to end the robbery, Vettel said. 
All four of the alleged robbers were being held Monday evening at the Cass County Jail. . . .

14:10

Newest piece at Fox News: "Why most Americans oppose more gun control" [John Lott's Website]

My newest piece at Fox News starts this way:
new Pew Research Center survey finds that, for the first time in their surveys, the majority of Americans oppose more gun control. Gallup and CNN polls tell a similar story. Opposition to gun control has been increasing over at least the last couple of decades. 
Gun control groups have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to try to convince Americans that gun control is the answer. In 2013, gun owners’ groups — including the NRA — spent less than one seventh as much on television advertisements. This year looks to be even more lopsided, thanks to the unrelenting efforts of individuals such as Michael Bloomberg, George Soros and Gabriel Giffords. 
Perceptions have changed dramatically, with most people now believing the “More Guns, Less Crime” hypothesis. Gallup recently asked Americans if they thought residents are safer with a gun in the home. People answered “Yes” by a margin of 63 to 30 percent. In 2000, Americans gave just the opposite answer by a margin of 51 to 35 percent. In 2013,Sixty percent of gun owners listed “Personal Safety/Protection” as the reason for owning a gun. 
Academic research aligns with current public opinion. If you have a gun in the home, that gun is far more likely to prevent murder than it is to be used in an accidental shooting or to kill a loved one.  . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.

Monday, 29 December

15:47

New "American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention" has 200 legislators out of 7383 [John Lott's Website]

A new group of state legislators, named the "American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention," has been formed to push for gun control.  Reuters has a fairly positive news story on the group, but the article mentions a couple of points.  One thing left out of the Reuters story is some perspective: that the 200 unnamed legislators amount to just 2.7% of the 7,383 state legislators.

-- they will not mention who their members are.
-- they have "not released information on its preliminary donors" [Any guesses? Bloomberg?]

The organization is billed as bipartisan, but at the news conference they had announcing the group's formation: "The only Republican lawmaker was state Representative Barbara Bollier from Kansas."


Saturday, 27 December

11:30

All that money spent on red light cameras to stop people running lights apparently didn't improve safety [John Lott's Website]

Some simple economics here.  From the Wall Street Journal:
The Chicago Tribune delivered the “first-ever scientific study” of the nation’s biggest camera program. Researchers commissioned by the paper found little or no safety benefit: Mid-intersection “T-bones” declined, but rear-end collisions sharply increased as drivers slammed on the brakes to avoid a ticket. Most damning, the Trib cited the city’s “long-standing reliance on using the lowest possible yellow light time” to maximize revenues even at the cost of encouraging more accidents. . . .
Apparently, the message is getting out as the company that have made these cameras are slowly exiting the business.
With Redflex losing money in North America, its Australian parent company recently instructed him to “de-risk the business” by diversifying into electronic toll-taking and traffic management. Nonetheless Mr. Saunders remains keen to rescue the reputation of photo enforcement, even if that seems like a Hail Mary at this point. . . .

Friday, 26 December

03:48

A couple of notes on the recent spate of conflicts between police and blacks [John Lott's Website]

Eric Garner case: Garner didn't die from suffocation.  He suffered a heart attack and later died at the hospital.  He was pronounced dead about an hour after the arrest.

People who have assaulted police officers in NYC are let go.
The City University’s refusal to act against an adjunct professor caught on video resisting arrest and assaulting a police lieutenant during an anti-cop protest becomes more absurd by the day. 
Other employers are tougher in the face of criminality. Chancellor James Milliken can see for himself by comparing CUNY’s stance regarding Eric Linsker with the decisiveness shown in two similarly recorded assaults. 
The lieutenant saw Linsker as he was about to heave a garbage can from Brooklyn Bridge walkway onto demonstrators and cops below. Linsker had already hurled two cans, according to the NYPD. He struggled with the lieutenant, throwing at least one punch, the video shows. 
CUNY is keeping Linsker in the classroom at full pay, while his union argues that he has “not yet been found guilty.” 
Meanwhile, a second of the bridge cop beaters, Robert Murray, is an organizer for 32BJ SEIU. His employer — a union — saw Murray swing away on the same video and suspended him without pay, explaining that it “does not under any circumstance condone violence of any kind, including against police officers.” 

03:23

With all the attacks on the Koch brothers during the midterm election, please note: "Big Democrat donors outspend GOP by 3-to-1" [John Lott's Website]

From the Pittsburgh Tribune:
For as often as Democrats attack conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch for heavy spending on politics, it's the liberal-minded who shelled out the most cash on the just-completed midterm elections.  
At least, that is, among those groups that must disclose what they raise and spend.
Among the top 100 individual donors to political groups, more than half gave primarily to Democrats or their allies. Among groups that funneled more than $100,000 to allies, the top of the list tilted overwhelmingly toward Democrats — a group favoring the GOP doesn't appear on the list until No. 14.  
The two biggest super PACs of 2014? Senate Majority PAC and House Majority PAC — both backing Democrats.  
In all, the top 10 individual donors to outside groups injected almost $128 million into this year's elections. Democratic-leaning groups collected $91 million of it.  
Among the 183 groups that wrote checks of $100,000 or more to another group, Democrats had a 3-to-1 cash advantage. . . .  Not a single Republican-leaning group cracked the top 10 list of those transferring money to others.  
Overall, for the campaign season that just ended, donors who gave more than $1 million sent roughly 60 cents of every dollar to liberal groups. Among the 10 biggest donors, Democrats outspent Republicans by an almost 3-to-1 margin.  
They're total hypocrites when it comes to this subject,” said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. “They've made a living off campaign talking points when, in reality, they've been raking in more money from millionaire donors than Republicans for quite a while.”  . . .
Note that the list of donors that the Associated Press study provides doesn't include all the money that Michael Bloomberg gave to promote gun control efforts that went overwhelmingly to help Democrats.

03:14

The mess in Berkeley, Missouri: Politician feeds racial anger against police and then finds that his city faces riots [John Lott's Website]



Never mind that the mayor of Berkeley, Missouri and most of the police force is black.  The shooting by a white police officer of an 18-year-old black man who police said pointed a gun at the officer has generated two nights of violent demonstrations with looting.
The mayor of Berkeley, a St. Louis suburb, called for calm on Wednesday following violent protests that erupted one day after a suburban St. Louis police officer shot a black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at the officer at a gas station. 
Scuffles had broken out early Wednesday between police officers and a vocal crowd of several hundred people who taunted the officers at the scene. One officer was injured after he was stuck with a brick and police reported several small explosives being used by protesters. There were four arrests. . . .
More on the violence is given here.
Four people were arrested for assaulting cops, police said.
You have to love this mayor when he says: "The Police Did Not Initiate This Like Ferguson." The mayor claims that there is no comparison between Antonio Martin's shooting and that of Michael Brown, but it is comments such as this that only feed on the notion that Michael Brown was some innocent individual and adds .
I can assure you that did not happen last night, OK.  We had a policeman responding to a call protecting the residents of the City of Berkeley and the call came through the dispatch office in reference to this young man was shoplifting. . . .
So far, the two cases seem extremely similar.  Indeed, if anything, Michael Brown's actions were worse as he threatened the store clerk with violence.
When the officer came there, the video shows that the deceased pointed a gun that has been recovered, at the officer, and I think that the officer because he stumbled might have saved his life.  Because when he stumbled and had a chance to fire and take the young man's life . . .
The big difference here is really only that there was video tape.  But the rest is very similar: in both cases the officers' lives were threatened and they acted to protect themselves.

The problem here is that the mayor of Berkeley feeds on the feelings that create these riots and then he can't control them when the rioters turn on his city.

Of course, NYC mayor de Blasio has found that his calls for no demonstrations until the funeral of the two officers who were killed is ignored.
More than 1,000 anti-cop protesters defied Mayor de Blasio and flooded Manhattan Tuesday evening, marching through the Fifth Avenue shopping district before heading uptown.“The mayor says stop that, we say f–k that!” the mob chanted at one point. 
Other slogans were of the sort that Hizzoner has denounced as “hateful” and “inappropriate” in the wake of Saturday’s assassinations of two city cops
NYPD, KKK, how many kids did you kill today?” the protesters shouted. 
The demonstrators, some carry­ing a banner that read “Stop Racist Police Terror,” started marching south from 59th Street on the sidewalks, but later blocked traffic on Fifth and Madison Avenues. . . .
Of course, comparing the NYPD to the KKK should draw a rebuke from the mayor.

Thursday, 25 December

03:47

Is Obama's decision to label only female reporters as "nice" sexist? [John Lott's Website]

It is always possible that a random calling of reporters could result in only women being called (video here), though if the number of reporters were equally divided between men and women, say 50 reporters, and he then picks 8 women, the odds of that happening are just 0.2%.  But the more bothersome is that he prefaced his decision to call on only women by noting that he was only going to call on reporters who were on the White House's "nice" list.  My question is this: Is it sexist for Obama to only classify female reporters as "nice"?  Does Obama view female reporters as more docile than male reporters?  Does Obama view female reporters as more supportive of Democrats?


Wednesday, 24 December

16:21

A meaningful and peaceful Christmas for you all [The Liberty Sphere]

The Christmas story, as told by the holy Bible.

Luke 2 King James Version (KJV)

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

11:00

Here it is... [The Liberty Sphere]

"For unto us a Child is born," from Handel's Messiah.
Presented by Eugene Ormandy, conductor, along with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Tuesday, 23 December

11:50

Secret meeting of police chiefs suggests bad omen [The Liberty Sphere]

The recent social turmoil revolving around Ferguson, Mo. and the furor surrounding the execution style murders of two NYC cops have raised some serious questions concerning the social stability of the United States. A secret meeting of police chiefs ... suggests a bad omen for the foreseeable future.
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07:52

Concealed carry permit holder stops mall robbery by three teen robbers [John Lott's Website]

From WDTN in Dayton, Ohio about an attempted robbery on Monday, December 22nd:
. . . According to police, three juvenile males from Middletown approached two adult males outside the Dayton Mall around 10:00 a.m. Saturday. They say one of the juveniles produced a gun and demanded merchandise from the adult males. Police say one of the males, who had a valid concealed carry weapon permit, pulled out a gun of his own and shot the teen who had the gun. That teen, identified as Jawaad Jabbar, 16, died from a single gunshot wound. . . . 
Police say the two groups did not know each other and the only motive known is that of aggravated robbery to gain control of another’s property. 
Sgt. Jay Phares said the teen didn’t make it to the mall in time to get in line for the shoes.  “This was a random act of ‘I want something that person has and I’m going to take it from them by any means’,” said Sgt. Phares. 
Two juveniles with the victim are in juvenile detention.  They are not charged pending further investigation.  Police are investigating whether they too had weapons. . . .

03:02

St. Louis: Jewelry Store Owner Uses Gun to stop three armed men [John Lott's Website]

Here is a dramatic story from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
. . . Police said there were three men, and that they had entered Robinson Jewelry Co. at 6497 Chippewa Street to rob the store. One man, wearing military fatigues with his face uncovered, waited to be buzzed in, Leyshock said. When he did, he jumped the counter with his arm covering his face. The men were armed with two handguns and a rifle, and one of them smashed a display case, he said. 
But the owner somehow escaped from the store, fired his own gun outside, and the men fled. They didn’t escape with any jewelry, police said. 
“With the shots fired, they didn’t want to stick around to see what else he was selling,” Leyshock said. 
Police said it was not clear if any of the suspects had been shot. Blood was found in the car, but a suspect may have been cut by the shattered display case, Leyshock said. . . . .
Thanks to Tony Troglio for the link. 

Friday, 19 December

19:27

Digging up bones [The Liberty Sphere]

Hi, my friends. I am okay and hanging in. I still need your prayers.

I have to work, sick or not. We presented a program of Christmas music Sunday, under my direction. I was very pleased with it, but I admit that under present physical circumstances it took a great deal out of me. In fact, I was exhausted, more so than normal. But I enjoy doing these things, and I don't really care about the price I have to pay physically. The singers, the soloists, and the musicians were all wonderful. Simply hearing the fruit of our labors as it is presented live is a blessing that is worth much more than its weight in gold.

Now, even while I have been away struggling with sickness, I have still been working. This is done under the radar screen. It's always interesting to see what you discover when you get out there and "dig up bones." The things I have discovered will be disclosed in time, when the time is right. I suspect my first installment will be tomorrow or Sunday. Stay tuned, and thanks, my friends, for hanging in there with me. Your support is a source of great joy, making it worth my time to come here and do this year after year.

Tuesday, 16 December

17:52

Attack on freedoms demands civil disobedience [The Liberty Sphere]

A central truth that has come to the fore and reemphasized in the current attack on citizen freedoms is that there are times when civil disobedience is not only appropriate but necessary. The current ongoing attempt by certain states to directly challenge the gun rights of the citizens is a case in point. So critical is the need for resistance to the heavy jackboot the state has placed on the throats of citizens in Washington State that those who cherish their liberties took to a public demonstration of their resistance in the "We Will Not Comply" rally that took place Saturday.
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Monday, 15 December

15:30

Longterm effects of gun rally in Washington coming into focus [The Liberty Sphere]

Defenders of individual liberty and unabashed gun rights gathered in Washington State Saturday to protest new gun control laws that went into effect in the state on Dec. 4, 2014. The rally was held on the grounds of the state capitol building in Olympia and drew an estimated 2,000 people. But the longterm effects of this event are now coming into sharp focus.
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Saturday, 13 December

16:22

Pro gun rally in Washington State draws large crowd [The Liberty Sphere]

At least 1,000 citizens in Washington State gathered at the state capitol grounds in Olympia today in order to express support for gun rights. The rally also protested new gun control laws that went into effect in the state on Dec. 4, 2014...
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Friday, 12 December

17:49

Vanderboegh to headline gun rally in Washington State [The Liberty Sphere]

Excerpts:

"Gun rights and liberty activist Mike Vanderboegh will headline a gun rights rally in Washington State Saturday...
"...The rally, which will be held on the grounds of the state capitol building in Olympia, will feature some of the top names in the gun rights and liberty movement...
"...The Constitution states clearly that "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." Yet dozens of laws have been added to the books that do exactly that, especially beginning in the first half of the 20th century... 
"...Tomorrow's rally in Washington State will drive home that point and much more. No longer will ordinary citizens be the whipping boy for gun control or gun ban propaganda..."
Click here to read the whole thing.
 

Saturday, 06 December

13:40

Ushering it in [The Liberty Sphere]

Well, not exactly. The Christmas season is already in full swing, so I am not really "ushering it in." But for me this sacred season starts when I get my mind focused on the quiet holiness of the day we are commemorating.

And that means that for me the Christmas season started when I played the following video (audio actually). The title is "O Sanctissima." It is an instrumental upon which the late, great Bing Crosby used as the title theme in his big holiday movie, "The Bells of St. Mary's." At that point words were added to allow the crooner to show off his golden voice. But every time I hear this melody it reminds of Crosby singing it in that movie.

The piece I have provided below is the original "O Sanctissima" -- the instrumental version, as conducted and played by Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Here you will hear one of the reasons why I am such a big fan. The piece begins slowly, with each section taking its turn to take the lead. One can hear in an instant that each section of the great orchestra was fine tuned to perfection -- the woodwinds, the flutes, and so forth, each building to a new level of volume. Then the brass section takes its turn. Ormandy was not known for brass, but he should have been. He had the absolute best trumpeters, French horns, baritones, tubas, and so forth, on the planet. In this piece you will see one of the reasons why I make such a claim. The ONLY reason Ormandy was not known for his brass section was that he emphasized strings, but that did not mean that he allowed the other sections to go lacking. You will search the world far and wide to find an orchestra that can equal that brass section of the Philadelphia Orchestra during the Ormandy era (1936 to 1981).

And then we come to the climax. The volume has been slowly building, leading up to something magnificent, and in this case, it would be the strings. Ormandy insisted on having and maintaining the absolute best strings on the planet. He had been a violin soloist in Europe as a very young man. And here, in this great climax to a highly inspiring piece of music, Ormandy pulls out all the stops and places on full display the sound, "the Philadelphia Sound," for which he and the orchestra were known. The strings -- violins, violas, cellos, bass violins, double bass violins, etc. -- step up to the plate and play this section full volume, and to complete perfection. I can just see Maestro Ormandy on the podium at the old Academy of Music concert hall turning slightly to his left to face the violins, and then with gritted teeth and his left hand signaling a vigorous, full volume display, bringing forth the most overwhelming sound a human being will ever hear.

Sometimes the Maestro himself appeared to be taken aback by the sounds his own musicians produced on stage, live. At that point you would often see him lift his face upward while maintaining eye contact with the musicians as if he were simply letting his musicians shine. He would just step back and allow himself to thoroughly enjoy it. Often you would see him smile, other times you would see a slight tear roll down a cheek. But this is part of Ormandy's greatness. He never allowed the technical considerations of a piece of music stand in the way of pure human emotion. The music is meant to elicit forth such emotion.

Each time I hear the climax of this piece, I, too, am overwhelmed. How could one man, and one orchestra, produce such a heavenly sound? And why is it that I have never heard that sound since that time except for what has been preserved on vinyl, CDs, or videos? Maybe part of the answer is these experiences come along only once in a lifetime, and for many, never. There will never be another Ormandy. There will never be another group of musicians who could play not only to perfection but to the level of pure, unadulterated emotion.

Here, in this piece, I experience God. I experience the reality of Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord. And this, for me, launched the 2014 Christmas season.

Enjoy....(Click here to view on YouTube).

Thursday, 04 December

13:39

Still swimming upstream [The Liberty Sphere]

Hello. Hope you are well. I'm still trying to swim upstream, or at least that's what it feels like. But I am able to do some things I enjoy, so that's some good news.

I'm conducting some Christmas music again this year, so the rehearsals have been rather taxing. I can still do them, however, although I am completely exhausted when I get through.

But enough of that. I just wanted to say hi and let you know I'm still here.

Monday, 01 December

16:24

Here I am [The Liberty Sphere]

Had to take some time off from writing over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, except for one Examiner article. Sometimes the energy is just not there to do much more.

I need your prayers. Being unwell for an extended period of time is no picnic, and it has given me a new appreciation for those who are chronically seriously ill to the point of having to be home bound over a period of years. I don't see how they do it.

I am ready to get out there and stir up some stuff, mix it up, and see if there is some hidden news that needs fleshing out. But that could take a few days. On the other hand, I may be writing again tonight or tomorrow. There is no rhyme or reason to this.

Thanks for hanging in there with me.

Saturday, 29 November

16:46

Digging around the dictatorship: suspicion skyrockets [The Liberty Sphere]

A grave danger lurks in the dominant news stories concerning racial tensions in Ferguson and Obama's seizing of executive power with regard to immigration and blanket amnesty. Actions taken by Obama on these issues are illegal. The two issues so dominated the news that everything else was put on the back burner. It has been noted that this administration is known to hide a significant amount of important information while the public's attention is distracted. Thus, digging further into what is going on behind the scenes is not only essential but urgent. The real news lies in what is not being reported. Thus, many have begun to dig. And digging around the dictatorship has led to information that has caused suspicions to skyrocket.
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Friday, 28 November

11:13

So what do you do when one thing dominates the news cycle for weeks on end? Why, start digging, of course! [The Liberty Sphere]

It's interesting what has not been at the forefront of the news in the weeks since the Ferguson incident in August and Obama's Executive Order that seizes for himself power the Executive Branch doesn't have -- all in order to provide what is tantamount to blanket amnesty to multimillions of illegal aliens.

Benghazi dropped out of sight. Or at least it is no longer front page news. I assume you heard that the House Intelligence Committee publicized its findings that nobody anywhere did anything wrong whatsoever in the debacle that took the lives of a U.S. Ambassador and his security detail. The committee wrote that it has found no intelligence failure prior to the attack and that no stand down order was issued. The report further found conflicting intelligence concerning the attack, which explains why there were contradictory statements issued by the Administration early on.

The mainstream media, however, failed to mention that the investigation conducted by the House Intelligence Committee is not one and the same with the the House Select Committee that was chosen for one task alone -- dig more deeply into Benghazi than any committee or task force has thus far. This special committee is chaired by U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, S.C., and is far from completing its task.

Meanwhile, over in the Senate, immediately after the House Intel Committee announced its rather strange findings, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., went on the air on several networks stating that the committee's finding of "no wrongdoing" is nothing but "bull." Graham vowed that now that the Senate is slated to take over the chamber in January, he would work closely with Gowdy in conducting a real investigation, allowing the chips to fall where they may. Graham blasted the House Intel Committee, implying that it was nothing but a whitewash deal designed to continue the cover up. It is to be remembered that this committee is headed by Republicans who have had a majority in the House since 2010. It is also to be remembered that all along the way, I and many others have warned that there are some Republicans who walk in tandem with Obama and the Dems.

Another issue that got relegated to the back burner in the aftermath of Ferguson and the executive order on illegal immigrants is the tax burden that is getting ready to hit Americans as mandated by the new Obamacare law. Americans won't know what hit them. But they will be hit hard. And now to add insult to injury, citizens will not only be taxed for Obamacare but they will be required to foot the bill for illegal aliens who partake in Obamacare.

And this is not to mention the multithousands of new rules and regulations that will be unleashed upon the public in 2015, courtesy of the Obama Administration. The EPA alone will wreak havoc on the economy by continuing its frontal attack on the coal industry and other businesses and enterprises that are vulnerable to the targeting of extremists who wish to rob citizens of private property and property rights, all in the name of "addressing global warming."

These are just a few of the issues that have been jettisoned from public consumption as our attention has been directed elsewhere in the last two months.

Wednesday, 26 November

18:08

Thanksgiving, 2014 [The Liberty Sphere]

I hope all of you have a blessed and meaningful Thanksgiving. We take so much for granted, in our personal lives, our families, our professional lives, and even in this country with all of its flaws and challenges.

So, spend some time with those you love, your friends, your families, and others who mean something to you. Bow your head and thank God you have them, that you have a roof over your head and food on your table. We don't know how long we will be blessed with these things. So make sure you embrace them and enjoy them while you can.

I will be working this weekend. If there is breaking news or an emergency, I will report it here and at the Examiner. But at the same time I take Thanksgiving seriously. I will spend time with family and share with them a meal. And I will be glad that I can spend at least one more Thanksgiving as a living Patriot who has figured out that unless a man has a few things he is willing to die for, he has nothing to live for.

Tuesday, 25 November

18:55

Source: 'It may not be over for Officer Wilson in Ferguson' [The Liberty Sphere]

As far as the state of Missouri is concerned, the books can be closed on the Darren Wilson case, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed 18 year old Michael Brown in August of this year. The Grand Jury thoroughly examined the evidence and the witnesses and concluded that there is no evidence that justifies charges of murder or manslaughter in this case.
But one source, several in fact, have stated that Officer Wilson's woes may be far from over...
Click here to continue... 

10:07

The hunter and the hunted... [The Liberty Sphere]

Hiya. More than likely I will have an Examiner story ready this afternoon. If not this afternoon, then tonight.

Hope you all are well, and if you travel, use utmost caution, especially if you are going to the northeast. A major snow storm is forecast for that area at the very time most would be driving to various destinations for Thanksgiving. My advice is don't go. Do not drive in that. And if you fly, look for irritating, long-lasting delays.

As for me, well....on second thought I'm not gonna tell you. Some things need to be kept incognito. Digging, writing, reporting, that's my bag. I'm always working even when I have some down time. I've always been like that, and I don't foresee any changes. My work is my life, and my life is my work. The worst part of it is that many times you put in a ton of time and energy only to come up empty handed. You spend a lot of time and effort running down leads any way you can, only to discover that there was nothing there, or those involved so carefully covered their tracks that there is nothing to report.

But in today's case, there is plenty to report because a LOT is there. And it is all legitimate. It's just a matter of deciding which one to focus on, given that a one-man operation can't do it all. So, I will be back later on. And  I will be around during the holidays too. A new beast is afoot who's tentative name is ZERO, and this beast is so dangerous that he bears watching very closely. Beware of anyone who takes upon himself dictatorial powers, even if it involves a relatively minor issue.

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