title>Lady Liberty Defended: November 2008
Lady Liberty Defended
Saturday, November 29, 2008
  Killing Thanksgiving
I’m no trypto-fan. I find something a little more than vaguely disturbing about eating a turkey – hell, any animal – that was essentially manufactured and then killed by unknown parties in unknown ways and left for me to scavenge from the bottom of the Grocer’s freezer.

See, I’m a Carnivore – not a Scavenger. I like to kill my own food – or at least see it being killed – before stuffing it in my mouth.

That doesn’t mean I’m not a foodie either. This Thanksgiving I opted to make apple stuffed pheasant with a brandy/sage orange marmalade glaze.

But I went out into the fields of South Dakota, and SHOT and cleaned the pheasants - personally. Over the next few weeks I hope to cleanly and humanely fill my freezer with Venison for my red meat fix. Somewhere along the way I will also add rabbit, squirrel and feral hog to the mix – though I will likely have someone else smoke the hams and bacon for me. Who knows, I might even take up turkey hunting, but I’m dang-sure not going to find a Butterball strutting around the woods.

People have lost touch with their food. Most Americans – Urban Americans in particular – have never actually participated in any meaningful way in any aspect of the food production cycle. They are Scavengers, picking up the food left for them by others.

The whole concept of what a Harvest Thanksgiving means has been lost to the generalities of “I’m thankful for what I have” rather than “I’m thankful that between Providence and Hard Work I’ve killed and grown enough food to last the winter.”

There are people who get this though. They are the folks in the Small Towns & Farms of America without whose efforts America’s hands-off food factories fail.

It would be nice if the Politicians stopped making it harder for Farmers to Farm, for Hunters to Hunt, and for Fisheries to Fish. You can’t regulate what you don’t understand - what you have never done - and Washington should stop trying.

Thanksgiving is not about Eating, it’s about Killing. Be thankful that there are those out there willing to kill – so you can eat.

Without them, the Scavengers will only have themselves to feed on.


  Firearm Confiscation - Does the Heller Decision Protect You?
Many folks in the firearms community believe that the recent Heller Decision has reaffirmed the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms. But while it did do that, it did not ensure that the executive and legislative branches of government would honor that decision. Clearly, that isn't necessarily true.

You see, there are precedents of both the executive and legislative branches ignoring decisions by courts at all levels including the Supreme Court of the United States. One of the most egregious was the Worcester v. Georgia, 31 U.S. (6 Pet.) 515 (1832) in which it held that Cherokee Native Americans were entitled to federal protection from the actions of state governments which would infringe on the tribe's sovereignty. The apparently favorable decision was opposed by both Congress and President Andrew Jackson. Jackson is often quoted as saying, "John Marshall has made his decision; now let him enforce it!" but may have said, "the decision of the supreme court has fell still born, and they find that they cannot coerce Georgia to yield to its mandate." The meaning of either statement is clear, the Supreme Court has no means enforcement aside from the executive branch of government. If the executive branch fails to enforce a ruling it is as if the ruling was never made.

In 2005, hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and much of southern Louisiana. Many, many residents did not evacuate. Police, many of whom were brought in from other localities and sworn in in Louisiana jurisdictions, began confiscating firearms from citizens protecting their property rather than assisting those home owners. Some of those actions were caught on film/tape and are shown in the following movie. We might note that, despite several court orders, New Orleans did not make any effort to return the property for quite some time. Many firearms were irreparably damaged by improper storage.

After these government actions during Katrina, many states moved to legislate bans on widespread seizure of firearms during emergencies. These laws vary from state to state. Just as with a Supreme Court decision, they are subject to interpretation and the whims of police forces of the various jurisdictions. We should take into account that the President-Elect and so many proposed members of his administration are blatantly anti-gun ownership and prepare for that eventuality.

For more on the Heller Decision see:
- Court: Constitutional Right to a Gun - SCOTUS Blog
- Supreme Court Declares That the Second Amendment
Guarantees an Individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms

For more on the Katrina Firearms Seizures see:
- N.O. agrees to return weapons - Confiscation after Katrina drew protest
- Never Forget-Never Again - NRA


Friday, November 28, 2008
  Who IS George Soros?
I was listening to talk radio the other day and looked at the Drudge Report and at the same time, again, there was that name, George Soros, self-loathing socialist multi-billionaire.  We are told he's the man behind Al Gore's global warming fraud, John Kerry's campaign, and perhaps the Messiah's puppet master but we, or rather I, don't really know who George Soros is. So, I thought I'd try to find out.

Knowing how unreliable some internet information can be I pressed ahead with a Google search and found the George Soros web site. But his short biography
George Soros is Chairman of Soros Fund Management, LLC and founder of The Open Society Institute. He was born in Budapest in 1930. He survived the Nazi occupation and then fled communist Hungary for England, where he graduated from the London School of Economics. He then settled in the United States, where he accumulated a large fortune through the investment advisory firm he founded and managed. Mr. Soros has been active as a philanthropist since 1979.
seems rather empty of explanatory detail. Why would a man that "survived the Nazi occupation" be so intent on returning socialist government? "Survived" implies an unpleasant experience, certainly not a condition/circumstance to be repeated. Further investigation is necessary.

For one thing, Mr. Soros was a student of Karl Popper. Professor Popper was an advocate of liberal democracy. The United States of America has a liberal democracy with a republican government and a written constitution. It is important to note that Popper was a member of the Academy of Humanism and described himself as an agnostic, showing respect for the moral teachings of Judaism and Christianity. In trying to understand Mr. Soros, this facet of his teacher's beliefs might be important.

One incongruity is that Mr. Soros was (is?) a hedge fund manager.
From 1963 to 1973 he worked at Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder, where he attained the position of vice-president. Soros finally concluded that he was a better investor than he was a philosopher or an executive. In 1967 he persuaded the company to set up an offshore investment fund, First Eagle, for him to run; in 1969 the company founded a second fund for Soros, the Double Eagle hedge fund.
Frankly, I thought the Democrats thought hedge funds and their employees were evil. Perhaps this isn't far removed from having a KKK leader as a leading US Senator. Then I found this
Soros is the founder of Soros Fund Management. In 1970 he co-founded the Quantum Fund with Jim Rogers, which created the bulk of the Soros fortune. Rogers retired from the fund in 1980. Other partners have included Victor Niederhoffer and Stanley Druckenmiller.

In late 2006, Soros bought about 2 million shares of Halliburton.
Halliburton, another icon of evil for the Democrats and their major funding source, George Soros owns 2 million shares? Is that not contradictory and/or incongruous?

Mr. Soros has contributed substantially to resist totalitarian regimes in the former Soviet Union and Africa. He also backed a new political fund raising group called Democracy Alliance which aims to support the goals of the U.S. Democratic Party. It seems, to me at least, that that which he opposes elsewhere, he supports in the United States. Why?

This consistent incongruity, supporting republican democracies elsewhere while supporting those who seem bent on destroying our republican democracy, making BILLIONS of dollars in a capitalist system and apparently using millions of his own dollars in opposing that system, being a survivor of a murdering, totalitarian dictator and government but, again, supporting those who would like to move this country in that direction is simply beyond my understanding.

I think we need to understand this man's motivation. I think I need to do more research.


Thursday, November 27, 2008
  Happy Thanksgiving!
Today is Thanksgiving Day. It is a day to give thanks for all the blessings of this life. It is also a day, in most of the U.S., to share a feast with family and/or friends.

I think it should also be a day of remembrance. A day to remember those of our ancestors who came to this land however many years ago so that we, their children, grandchildren or great times-? grandchildren could have a better life.

I am thankful. I am thankful for a wonderful family as all I've known were kind and loving to me. I am thankful that even at my poorest I never went hungry, was never without shelter, never naked. I am thankful that my life has been one rife with the freedom to speak openly about my country. I am thankful for a life lived in liberty to pursue my dreams and my interests. I am thankful that I can worship as I please without persecution. I am thankful that all that I have worked for I might still be able to pass on to my children and grandchildren. I am thankful for all my brothers and sisters in arms who have, are and will risk their lives so that my family as well as theirs can be just as thankful as I am this Thanksgiving Day.

Thank you God, for ALL these blessings.


Wednesday, November 26, 2008
  "End of the World" by 2012
You might have heard of the Mayan calendar's end in 2012 and the supposed leap of logic saying that is a prediction of the end of the world in that year. You might not have heard of some dire predictions from Gerald Celente.
Celente says that by 2012 America will become an undeveloped nation, that there will be a revolution marked by food riots, squatter rebellions, tax revolts and job marches, and that holidays will be more about obtaining food, not gifts.

“We’re going to see the end of the retail Christmas….we’re going to see a fundamental shift take place….putting food on the table is going to be more important that putting gifts under the Christmas tree,” said Celente, adding that the situation would be “worse than the great depression”.
In a separate recent interview, Celente went further on the subject of revolution in America.

“There will be a revolution in this country,” he said. “It’s not going to come yet, but it’s going to come down the line and we’re going to see a third party and this was the catalyst for it: the takeover of Washington, D. C., in broad daylight by Wall Street in this bloodless coup. And it will happen as conditions continue to worsen.”

“The first thing to do is organize with tax revolts. That’s going to be the big one because people can’t afford to pay more school tax, property tax, any kind of tax. You’re going to start seeing those kinds of protests start to develop.”

“It’s going to be very bleak. Very sad. And there is going to be a lot of homeless, the likes of which we have never seen before. Tent cities are already sprouting up around the country and we’re going to see many more.”

You might believe though and that would be a good thing but if, and only if, you prepare. Foreknowledge is of no use if one is unwilling to plan and prepare. And let's face it, the sort of preparation necessary will cost but little more than your regular life and might save you a great deal. The first step is knowledge.

Here's a few videos for your review:

Now that you've had the opportunity to listen, perhaps research Gerald Celente a little, what do you think? Mr. Celente does have his critics.


Tuesday, November 25, 2008
  Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Resisting Evil
Dietrich Bonhoeffer has been referred to as a martyr but whether or not you consider him a martyr he was one of the few church leaders to oppose Nazism and Hitler.

- Dietrich Bonhoeffer Society
- On-line books and articles on Bonhoeffer
- Books by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- On-line Exhibition

As I've watched things play out with a socialist government using a financial crisis to justify controlling nearly everything and forcing its way into ownership interest in banks, I wonder, what religious leaders in this country will oppose dictatorship?


  Yet more democrat shenanigans call whole voting process into question
A campaign worker for Al Franken became part of a recount team. She claims she was unbiased in her recount duties, but...

See, here's the thing. Anytime you make the voting process even appear to be tainted you make it so. Perception is reality. If I believe my vote won't count because somebody is going to change it, disallow it, destroy it or whatever else they might be able to do, then WHY SHOULD I VOTE. And when I see the "other" party doing this, what does this do to my respect for their candidate should that person be the one SAID to have won? So it goes and it follows that if I don't respect that new office holder because he/she cheated, will I respect any other laws? Why should I? When government is the enemy, why should I submit?

We've had to put up with a lot in this country. We've sometimes had to struggle to beat back the political machines. Some, like the Outfit in Chicago, we have not beaten. Heck, their guy is going to be the next POTUS. But when we have candidates who will unabashedly do anything to get "elected", we no longer have a republican democracy, we have a tyranny. Tyrannies should be resisted.


  The secret Ballot and the Unions
I am amazed by this run the unions and their operatives in Congress are making at the secret ballot. Of course, Congress used the secret ballot in determining Joe Lieberman's fate precisely because they did not want recrimination, one way or the other, over the vote. This is why the unions championed the secret ballot in the votes taken by workers to accept or reject unions in various shops.

When the unions championed the secret ballot (yes, they did push for it), they said the evil boss man/business owners were using knowledge of who voted for or against the union to punish or reward workers and at worst intimidate or actually physically harm those supporting the union. This was true, at least sometimes, and a worthy reason for the secret ballot.

NOW, the union wants to do the same thing, i.e. reject the secret ballot and for the same reason! They want to intimidate those who reject the union. Oh, they say they want to be able to go and "talk" to the opposition to "convince" them they are wrong... Why? Because now workers don't see a benefit in joining the union. They see the unions as non-representative of the members, slush funds for union officers (ala "On the Waterfront") and politicians (mostly if not exclusively Democrats) but don't see much in the way of benefits such as increased pay.

So why do congress critters support legislating the end of the secret ballot? Because as the unions decline so do their contributions to politicians. Ummm... Follow the money.

We support the secret ballot.


Monday, November 24, 2008
  How safe is your retirement account... from seizure by the US government?
The Democrats are discussing and have held hearings on the nationalization of private retirement accounts.  Heck, for all I know they might seize all savings accounts as retirement accounts.  They are already forcing banks to become nationalized in that they are forcibly buying into banks with the "bailout" money. 

Of course you've no doubt heard that President-Elect Obama wants to end the tax deferment on your IRA and 401K contributions. 

That's not enough, the Dems are interested in seizing the retirment accounts and rolling them into social security.


Sunday, November 23, 2008
  Rham Emmanuel Sees Crisis as Opportunity
Yesterday, Old Ironsights referred to this comment by Rahm Emmanuel on using crisis as an opportunity to forward an agenda.

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  Pirates Everywhere and Government No Where...
It is the primary business, some say the only business, of government to protect us and provide security. This includes commercial shipping. Is it being done? No. Not for the ships of any flag nor on either African coast. Ships from Hong Kong, Denmark, France, Russia and Saudia Arabia have all been hijacked off the coasts of Africa. What is the response? Well, they often negotiate and certainly aren't consistently using force.

If you want to stop criminal activity, you have to make the risk too great for the payoff. For the sorts of payoff these pirates are getting in that part of the world, certain death at the hands of one navy or the other is the only deterrent that will work.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
The misanthrope hates not man. The misanthrope hates idiocy, stupidity, self-righteousness, authoritarianism, selfishness, greed, ignorance, dishonesty, cant, and balderdash. All of these he hates rightfully. The problem is that all of these are shared by no other member of the animal kingdom but man. And the misanthrope does not entertain the vain hope that these traits will ever stop determining man's behavior. - The Misanthrope's Alphabet

... particularly when it comes to Government.

Is it any wonder political seasons make us grumpy? Not even being able to say "I told you so" really does any good when one comes to the realization that most humans are too stupidly self absorbed to string together a logical argument.

Yes, I am a Misanthrope. Get used to it. Every day across America the people we elect to administer those functions the Constitution specify say the most inane, un-examined, irrational things - and the "voters" lap it up. Read the list again. Logic and Reason have given way to self-righteousness, authoritarianism, selfishness, greed, ignorance, dishonesty, cant, and balderdash. Just look at who got (re)Elected.

In a Sane society, if people want "Change" they don't reelect the same Gang of hubristic mouth breathers that have been in place for decades.

Yet Congress not only was not repudiated, the status of the same bunch who continuously, actively or passively, violate US Law ( USC Title 18, 241) by "conspire(ing) to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States..." have been "empowered" and emboldened by this "crisis too useful to waste" to secure more power for the government in the name of keeping, what else, the urban centers and their job base from imploding.

Never mind that CONGRESS'S actions in social manipulation and environmental regulation laid the groundwork for the crisis at hand. It's better to use self-righteous, dishonest balderdash to bamboozle the useful idiots into blaming somebody else while they, the ultimate authors of the disaster, claim to be the only ones who can save us from it.

That's called hubris, and in classic literature was one of the surest ways to have Fate drop a much deserved load of comeuppance on you - which you may or may not survive.

Maybe that's why we see and hear less and less about Change in DC and more about CYA.

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Friday, November 21, 2008
It is a wonderful thing, this political correctness. It has even penetrated the officer corps of the United States Marines.   It has led to the banning of a 25-year USMC veteran from his USMC son Marc's grave in Arlington.  Marc Nieto was one of 17 killed in the attack on the USS Cole.

Jesse Nieto was ordered to remove this "offensive" bumper sticker (and other similar stickers).  According to a lawsuit filed on Nieto's behalf, Lt. Col. James Hessen, the base traffic court officer, ruled that the decals on Nieto's vehicle were "offensive," and when asked to explain, said, "'It's just what I think."  After Nieto refused to remove the stickers, the base magistrate issued a written order that required him to take his vehicle off the base "until all decals were removed" and banning his vehicle from all federal installations nationwide.  Now Nieto cannot drive to work or visit his son's grave in Arlington, nor can he use his vehicle to visit the U.S.S. Cole Memorial in Norfolk, VA.

Follow the link to read the article.  Read the details on how this Vietnam combat veteran, appropriately mourning the death of his son at the hands of Islamic radicals (as noted by the President of the United States), has had not only his free speech rights denied but his job threatened, and been denied access to his son's grave and a memorial to his son and 16 others. 

That the USMC would deny a veteran of the Corps the ability to visit his son's grave, a son who died in service with the Corps is simply unbelievable. 

I urge each of you to contact your congressional representative and/or the Secretary of Defense to protest this egregious behavior. 


Thursday, November 20, 2008
  Police Changing Tactics in Response to School Shooters
Hat tip to David Hardy for bringing this article,When Seconds Count: Stopping Active Killers, to my attention.  Comes down to what works in combat, an aggressive, immediate counter-attack.  Given that most US school shootings have been individuals or pairs, a single respondent officer could work to reduce the number of innocents killed.  We often wondered why this wasn't done, particularly at Columbine.  It also speaks to the subject of armed students and faculty (adults) on college campuses.  Immediate resistance and immediate response negates/reduces all the attacker's advantage of surprise.  

However, this isn't interesting because it is so obviously the answer but because the tactic was so long and so strongly opposed.  Negotiation was the primary tactic.  Negotiation is based on the hope that the all parties to the negotiation will honor any agreement.  It works where there are mutual interest in honoring such an agreement AND the parties to it have a vested interest in honoring the agreement.  However, a person who will murder others in cold blood has no vested interest in honoring any agreement. Like negotiating with terrorists, pirates, drug dealers, and so forth, there's no benefit to us.

Contact your senators and representatives and urge them to support US military counter-piracy operations.  


  Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less

What with falling oil prices and the national average gas price at or below $2.33 (as I write this) you might think that the energy crisis is over. Not by a long shot.

We still import 70% of our oil. The only reasons gas prices have fallen so low (as little as $1.69 a gallon in some places) is a combination of the lower cost of oil (due to global economic slowdown) and lessened U.S. demand (caused by both the "recession" and changed habits due to earlier high prices). Everything being connected, it is inevitable that gas prices will rise again as demand increases due to the economy rebounding. We don't have any alternatives either.

Oh, yeah, ethanol. Great deal that. Costing more to make than it can sell for, the U.S. government had to create a subsidization program and mandate its use to get it into the mainstream. Trouble is it also uses more energy to make than it produces.  But wait, there's more. Because the government has created an artificial market which has driven the price of corn above $6 a bushel (at least for a while), what corn is available for food use (for animals and humans) is priced either above the ability of people to pay or drives up the cost of the products in which it is used. A domino effect and we all pay.

Then there's solar power. Just how much power does that provide? Well, the answer is certainly hard to find. What we do know is that it is not even 1% of the total usage across the country. Further, it is dependent on sunny days and, for around the clock usage, on polluting battery technology.

Likewise wind power is dependent on wind, constant wind (and or more batteries), and there are few places with constant wind. More than that, the pylons and generators require constant maintenance the scope of which is magnified by the necessary multiple installations.

Coal fired power plants produce by far most of the electricity in this country. New technologies allow us to burn more coal with less pollution. However, the President-Elect has already stated that he will bankrupt companies producing energy in that way with taxes and fines. He expects to drive the cost of energy up, up, up.

Nuclear power would be a viable alternative and could provide enough power for things such as the proposed millions of electric cars (each with their own polluting batteries). Unfortunately, the accident at Chernobyl put a quietus on nuclear power plant construction in the U.S. If I remember correctly, only one plant was completed afterwards and several others were abandoned in mid-construction. The President-Elect and the Democrat Congress are apparently opposed to nuclear power plants. So this relatively clean power source will go untapped.

In the short term we could increase oil supplies and hold down the cost of oil futures by committing to exploiting US oil fields but the Democrats, controlled by radical environmentalists, are opposed to any action but those approved by the environmentalists (and not all of those are truly "green"). Lets face it folks. It wasn't JUST the freeze on credit that slowed oil sales and dropped prices. Immediately after the President Bush rescinded the Executive Order banning off shore drilling, the futures markets took note of what seemed to be a new resolve for energy independence and prices took a nose dive. President-Elect Obama says he'll reinstate the executive order banning off-shore drilling (contradicting certain campaign statements) and that will certainly drive up the cost of oil.

Drill here, Drill Now and Pay Less. It is right, it makes sense (common sense) and it will work. Why would any patriotic American be opposed to it?


Wednesday, November 19, 2008
  Race in the United States of America Today and this Blog
Long title, I could have just called this post "Race" or "Racism". Either way it would have been correct.

Look, I was born in 1955. I remember "coloreds only" restrooms. I remember the marches. I remember the Negros living one street back behind us, on the alley, and hard up against the river (probably prime land today!). I remember going to school with what were apparently the first black kids in Mennefee County, Kentucky in 1963-64 and living right next door to them. I also remember my first meeting with a Korean woman who'd married one of the workers at the Job Corps camp to which Dad had been assigned. I remember both the young white and young black men in that camp (and how they were all pretty nice to a snot nosed kid). I remember how the locals weren't because "we" had brought those blacks into Mennefee County. I remember moving to Virginia and going to school with a few more black kids. I remember Martin Luther King. I remember his assassination on the night of my confirmation mass. I remember how my parents and my godmother and how I all felt. It was terrible.

But I also remember the marches on Washington, D.C. and how a black child pointed his finger at me and went "bang, bang, die cracker die" while his folks watched proudly, grinning, right next to their picnic baskets. I had no idea what a cracker was, I thought it was like cowboys and Indians. Later, a BLACK friend explained it to me and I haven't forgotten. I also remember the black soldiers I met in my first couple of years in service and how so many were so angry. I also remember how so many helped me grow and become a better man and soldier.

Over the years I've worked for black men and women (and Hispanic and Asian men and women) and I've never had a problem. But I remember how it was, once upon a time, when that might have been unthinkable.

Just this past election day, this country elected a man who said he wasn't running as a black man in order to run as a black man. There wasn't really a bigger turn-out than normal. He didn't win because all the whites stayed home in protest. He won because most white (i.e. Caucasian) people in this country don't care about race. His opposition never mentioned it. I never heard a single person say they weren't voting for him because of it. Not one. They really, truly didn't vote for him because of the content of his character. They really, truly didn't vote for him because he didn't have anything for them but vapid promises of "change". They really, truly didn't vote for him because of his associations with some really radical anti-Americans and crooks. They really, truly didn't vote for him because of his socialist, no, communist ideology. They really, truly didn't vote for him because of his lack of any kind of meaningful experience. They really, truly didn't vote for him because they felt he lacked integrity, that he lied. With all that, race was simply unimportant.

Like those others who didn't vote for the President-Elect for any of those aforementioned reasons, we who post here have no "racist" agenda. And we don't think it is racist to disagree with somebody merely because they may be somehow racially different from us. We simply don't care about race.

What we do care about are policies, associates demonstrative of character, ideology, experience, and integrity. We want what is best for this country. We want to preserve this country as it was intended to be, a land of personal liberty and freedom where one can work, live, worship, and speak without fear. We have offered up ourselves so that others can have these liberties and we expect them for ourselves. We also know that they mean nothing if we allow anyone to intimidate us and keep us from exercising our rights, our liberties, our freedoms as citizens of the United States of America and so we will exercise our rights, right here.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008
  Let's Not Repeat this Mistake... Again... (or, It Is Just Like Vietnam)
How the Party of Defeat Lost Fallujah is an interesting read. Of course it isn't hard to push the faked photos of atrocities when a Congressman (COL USMC retired) is willing to make blanket statements about the guilt of fellow US Marines without any evidence one way or the other.

It also doesn't hurt the enemy (who was beheading prisoners for video distribution at the same time) that some unsupervised twits were making Iraqi prisoners parade naked for a camera. It was surreal that while broadcasting portions of those Arab/jihadist/Al Queda beheadings, the same media (here and abroad) was so incensed about a little naked pyramid building.

There is only one party of defeat and it is the party of a global warming fraud, drowned campaign workers, senile KKK leaders, and traitorous military officers.


  New Jersey to ban Historical Arms in an attempt to ban a single gun...
From Old Ironsights...

Hey, the liberals would never include my muzzleloader right? Well, friends and neighbors, this is a reality in New Jersey right now. It must be a complete coincidence that this would occur under a looming Obama/Biden administration.

We stand together or hang individually.

Some more background on this, the politicians involved were made aware of the implications this would have on commonly fielded hunting utensils and historic firearms MONTHS AGO, and asked to refine the language, but it appears so far that this is going through with these utility implements on the chopping block.

From an email alert by Anthony P. Mauro, Sr. Chairman of the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance, a partial list of the .50-caliber firearms that would be banned in New Jersey under bill A2116:

Traditional Muzzleloaders Banned by A2116

A2116 bans all traditional muzzle loading rifles with synthetic stocks or fiber optic sights, the most common, popular, and safe traditional muzzle loaders currently used for hunting by New Jersey sportsmen. A partial list of popular muzzle loaders that would be banned by A2116 follows:

Buckskinner flintlock Carbine (.50)
CVA Greywolf percussion (.50)
CVA Greywolf flintlock (.50)
CVA Lynx percussion (camo) (.50)
CVA Lynx percussion (camo) (.54)
CVA Bobcat Hunter percussion (.50)
CVA Bobcat Hunter percussion (.54)
CVA Lone Wolf percussion (.50)
CVA Timber Wolf percussion (.50)
CVA Silver Wolf percussion (.50)
CVA Silver Wolf percussion (.54)
Deer Hunter percussion (blue) (.50)
Deer Hunter flintlock (blue) (.50)
Deer Hunter percussion (camo) (.50)
Deer Hunter flintlock (blue) (.50)
Pursuit XLT flintlock (camo) (.50)
Pursuit XLT flintlock (blue) (.50)
Pursuit XLT flintlock (nickel) (.50)
Stone Mountain Silver Eagle percussion carbine (.50)
Stone Mountain Silver Eagle percussion (.50)
Thompson Center Black Mountain Magnum percussion (.50)
Thompson Center Black Mountain Magnum percussion (.54)
Thompson Center Firestorm percussion (.50)
Thompson Center Firestorm flintlock (.50)
Thompson Center Firestorm percussion (.54)
Thompson Center Firestorm flintlock (.54)
Thompson Center Greyhawk (.50)
Thompson Center Greyhawk (.54)
Thompson Center New England percussion (.50)
Thompson Center New England flintlock .50
Thompson Center New England percussion (.54)
Thompson Center New England flintlock (.54)
Thompson Center Tree Hawk percussion (.50)
Traditions Deer Hunter flintlock (.50)
Traditions Deer Hunter percussion (.50)
Traditions Pellet flintlock (.50)
Traditions PA Pellet flintlock (nickel) (.50)
Traditions PA Pellet flintlock (blue) (.50)
Traditions Panther percussion (.50)
Traditions Panther percussion (.54)

A2116 may also ban hundreds of other traditional muzzle loaders whose sights are not actually made of iron, or which contain a scope in lieu of iron or peep sights.

Because A2116 redefines many hunting firearms as “destructive devices,” the legislation prevents the heirs of those who currently own these firearms from inheriting them as family heirlooms.

Modern Guns Banned by A2116

In addition to banning many traditional muzzle loading rifles, historical firearms, and the .50 BMG, A2116 would ban many modern firearms, including the following partial list:

Examples of Banned Modern Hunting Rifles Under A2116

.50 Alaskan
.50 Peacekeeper
.500 Jeffrey
.50 Nitro
.500 Nitro Express
.600 Nitro Express
.550 Nitro Express
.577 Nitro Express
.700 Nitro Express
.500 50 Express
.510 Fat Mac
.6-577 Rewa
.50 Beowolf
.500 Black Powder Express
.500 A-Square
.505 Gibbs
.500-465 Express
.510 Whisper
.505 Nyati
.577 T-Rex
.510 DTC
.550 Magnum
.50 Airgun
.600 Overkill
12.7 x 99mm
14.5mm JDJ
12.7 x 108 mm
15.2 Steyr
14.5 x 114mm

Examples of Banned Modern Hunting & Target Handguns under A2116

.50 Remington Single Shot RF
.50 Remington Single Shot CF
AMT Auto Mag
Bowen Classic Arms .500 Linebaugh Revolver
Guncrafter Industries M1
Freedom Arms Model 555
LAR Grizzly Win Mag
Magnum Research Desert Eagle
Magnum Research BFR Revolver
Smith & Wesson 500 Revolver
Smith & Wesson 500 Special Revolver
Tanfoglio Thor-Raptor Single Shot
Taurus Raging Bull 500 Revolver
Thompson Center Encore .50 Single Shot
Webley Boxer Revolver
Zeliska .600 Nitro Express revolver

Historical Firearms, Antiques and Replicas Banned by A2116

A2116 bans hundreds of historical firearms, antiques and replicas. Though proponents of A2116 claim that the legislation targets only the .50 BMG rifle, this legislation is in reality a sweeping gun ban that would criminalize the possession, transfer, and inheritance of dozens of firearms other than the .50 BMG and the hunting guns mentioned above, including many collectible Revolutionary War through post-Civil War era firearms and replicas and antiques that are not even remotely similar to the .50 BMG.

Following is a partial list of collectible historical firearms, antiques and replicas that would be banned by A2116. It is ironic that many of these firearms were used by early American patriots to win the very freedoms that A2116 seeks to take away:

1842 U.S. Springfield (.69)
1868 U.S. Springfield (.50/70)
Allen Conversion (.50/70)
Ballard Rifle (.50/70)
Brown Bess Musket (.75)
Brown Bess Trade Model (.75)
British Officer’s Light Infantry Fusil (.67)
Bullard Single Shot (.50)
Cadet 1869 (50-70)
Charleyville Pistol (.69)
Charleyville 1777 French Rifle (.69)
Charleyville 1766 Musket (.69)
CVA Blunderbuss (.69)
Colt Laidley (.50)
Colt Lightning (.50/95)
English Matchlock (.72)
Evans Musket (.69)
Gun Works English Sporting Rifle (.62)
Gun Works English Sporting Rifle (.69)
Harper’s Ferry Musket (.69)
Joslyn 50-60
Kodiak Express Double Rifle (.72)
Marlin Carbine (.56/56)
Martini Henry (.577)
Maynard .50-70
Maynard Carbine (.50)
Merrill Latrobe (.50/70)
Middlesex Village Long Land
Middlesex Village Ship’s Carbine flintlock (.75)
Middlesex Village 1717 French Army Musket flintlock (.69)
Middlesex Village Cookson Fouling Piece (.70)
Middlesex Village Doglock blunderbuss (.69)
Middlesex Village Scottish Murdoch Pistol (.52)
Middlesex Village 1773 French Cavalry Pistol (.69)
Navy Arms British Dragoon Pistol (.614)
October Country Muzzle Loading Light American Sporting Rifle (.62)
October Country Muzzle Loading Eight Bore Double Heavy Rifle (.85)
October Country Muzzle Loading Heavy Rifle (.85)
October Country Muzzle Loading Heavy Rifle (1.00)
Pacific Rifle Company African Zephyr Twelve Bore (.72)
Pacific Rifle Company African Zephyr Twelve Bore (.83)
Pedersoli 1777 Corrige Anno IX Musket (.69)
Pedersoli 1777 Corrige Anno IX Dragoon Musket (.69)
Pedersoli 1789 Austrian Infantry Musket (.69)
Pedersoli 1809 Prussian (.75)
Pedersoli 1816 Harper’s Ferry (.60)
Pedersoli 1848 Springfield (.69)
Pedersoli Fredericksburg Musket (.75)
Pedersoli Kodiak Express SxS Double Rifle (.72)
Perry Brass Frame Carbine (.50)
Ranger Carbine flintlock (.75)
Remington Rolling Block Rifle (.50)
Remington Rolling Block Carbine (.50)
Remington .50-45
Remington .50 Rimfire
Remington .50 Center Fire
Remington 50-70
Remington Hepburn .50-45
Roberts (.58)
Robertson Carbine (.52)
Sharps 1853 (.52)
Sharps 1855 (.52)
Sharps 1855 (.577)
Sharps 1859 (.50/70)
Sharps 1859 (.52/70)
Sharps 1863 (.50/70)
Sharps 1863 (.52/70)
Sharps 1865 (.52)
Sharps 1867 (.50/70)
Sharps 1867 (.52/70)
Sharps 1870 (.50-70)
Sharps 1874 (.50)
Sharps 51-40
Sharps Hankins 1861 (.52)
Snider Carbine (.577)
Spencer Rifle (.50)
Spencer Rifle (.52)
Spencer Rifle (.56)
Spencer Carbine (.50)
Spencer Carbine (.52)
Spencer Carbine (.56)
Tarpley Carbine (.52)
U.S. 1816 Musket (.69)
Whitney (.50/95)
Whitney-Laidley (.50)
Whitney Musket (.69)
Whitney Phoenix (.50)
Winchester Single Shot (.50)
Winchester Hi-wall (.50)
Winchester 1876 (.50-95)
Winchester 1886 (.50 express)

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My grandparents lived in New Jersey for most/nearly all of their adult lives. I can't imagine them acquiescing to the confiscation and destruction of such historic arms. That the New Jersey government would do so demonstrates the ignorance and/or phobia controlling their statehouse. Pitiful. Simply pitiful.

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  The Word on Palin
At first, the word on Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska was that she was smart, hard-working, anti-corruption and tough as nails. Then the word on Palin was that she was a hunter (good to this editor), a mother of 5 she couldn't control, vindictively pursuing her ex brother-in-laws dismissal from the Alaskan State Police, and ignorant of world affairs. THEN the word on Palin was that she was being held back by the McCain campaign but striving to break out and was wildly spending money on clothes. After the election the word on Palin was that she was difficult/willful, ignorant, and that "Trooper Gate" was an unfounded allegation.

This week at the Republican Governors' conference, Governor Palin was tagged for several comments. All were sort of noncommittal, as they should be, about her plans. Some would like her to run for Ted Stevens' Senate seat, others to go directly to a run for the White House in 2012. I suppose I'm one of the latter as I feel that the executive experience of a governorship is very much the same as that of the president. Being a US Senator is basically belonging to a club where you need do nothing. Just look at President-Elect Obama. In both the Illinois State Senate and the US Senate he's pretty much avoided ANY votes demonstrating his belief system (with a couple of notable exceptions).

What's the word on Palin now. I'd say she's a competent, charismatic, intelligent, reasonable, principled, hard-working woman who is genuinely trying to make a difference. Perhaps I'm a bit cynical but it seems to me that there's darn few people in politics who are all that. As you might have noticed, we hope that Governor Palin will be available and will run for President in 2012. We do not see but one other Republican who supports our views and no other nationally known.


Monday, November 17, 2008
  Black Bosses
I've been given to understand that the election of Barack Obama will make me, a nominally "white" person, more comfortable with the idea of having a black boss. Well, too late.

You see I served 27½ years in the Army. Many of my bosses were black starting with Drill Sergeant (SFC) Johnson in my basic training platoon. In fact, ALL the drill sergeants in my platoon were black except for SSG Costello. It didn't bother me. Didn't bother me that our Platoon Guide (a trainee leader) was a Korean (he had prior service in the South Korean army). I just did what I was told. Heck I was greener than grass, my mom knew more about the ARMY than I did!

I had to think a bit but there was also SFC Godfrey Wactor, CPT Wise, CW3 Henry, SFC Clark (might have been Clarke now that I think about it), and so on and so forth. All good people. Can't think of a bad one. PFC Ridgely had been a SGT before I met him and had been reduced for, as I remember him saying, "forgetting my place" and "decking an a__hole". He taught me a lot about being an NCO and all it cost was a bit of my wife's kimchee. I've got to say I've even worked FOR some fellows who had worked FOR me. Due to the vagaries of the Army and National Guard promotion systems, they got promoted when I didn't and our relationships changed. I suppose that I must have done right for them on their way up because we got along great.

I suppose there are some people out there who will say this about working for women. Done that, too. No difference. It just doesn't matter. I suppose too that there are some folks to whom it does matter who/what their boss is. That is simply beyond my comprehension. When you join any organization, voluntarily (still), you agree to "play" by their rules. If you don't like the rules, leave. If you need a paycheck badly enough, you'll stay. Pretty simple and it has nothing to do with who/what is the President of the United States of America.


  Help Re-elect Senator Saxby Chambliss and DEFEAT the Socialists
I don't think it overstates things to say that the fate of our country may rest on the re-election of Saxby Chambliss to the U.S. Senate. You can donate, you can volunteer, you can vote. Please, VOTE.

Your help is needed because the whole Obama team and the Democrat Senatorial Election organization is working Georgia to ensure that the socialists own Congress as well as the White House for the next 2-6 years. If that happens we'll be more like Venezuela than the United States of America you might remember.


  Nationalization of the Auto Industry Next on Paulson's Agenda?
It certainly is on the Reid/Pelosi agenda... Why don't they just take over all private business and kill anyone who opposes them. Oh, that's right, that's for later, right Mr. Ayers?

Perhaps the most depressing and destructive thing about this nationalization of banks and other businesses (even if only proposed) in this constant giveaway of OUR money is that FAILURE is what is being rewarded. Successful, hard working, people everywhere will be paying for the failures of others. Further, companies are now lining up at the trough looking for their bit of the booty taken from the American tax-payer. When will it end? I heard just this week that the apparent total is now $5 TRILLION. Unbelievable!


Sunday, November 16, 2008
  CDC Study on Lead Levels in Blood of Hunters
Facts Hunters Should Know from the CDC Study . . .

1. Consuming game harvested using traditional hunting ammunition does not pose a human health risk.
2. Participants in the study had readings lower than the national average and well below the level the CDC considers to be of concern.
3. Children in the study had readings that were less than half the national average and far below the level the CDC considers to be of concern.
4. The study showed a statistically insignificant difference between participants who ate game harvested using traditional hunting ammunition and the non-hunters in the control group.
5. Hunters should continue to donate venison to food pantries.



Read the CDC report (PDF)


Article from NSSF November 7, 2008
For more information contact: Ted Novin 203-426-1320

Firearms Industry Statement on Results of CDC Blood Lead Levels in Hunters Study

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) -- the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry -- issued the following statement in response to study results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released by the North Dakota Department of Health, showing no evidence that lead or "traditional" ammunition pose any health risk to those who consume harvested game meat.

Recognizing that hunters and their families may be concerned or confused by recent news reports about the study, NSSF encourages every individual who may consume harvested game meat to read the NSSF statement, fact box and CDC report made available in this news release.

The CDC report on human lead levels of hunters in North Dakota has confirmed what hunters throughout the world have known for hundreds of years, that traditional ammunition poses no health risk to people and that the call to ban lead ammunition was nothing more than a scare tactic being pushed by anti-hunting groups.

In looking at the study results, the average lead level of the hunters tested was lower than that of the average American. In other words, if you were to randomly pick someone on the street, chances are they would have a higher blood lead level than the hunters in this study.

Also of note, the lead levels of children under 6 in the study had a mean of just 0.88, less than half the national average. Children over 6 had even lower lead levels. The CDC's level of concern for lead in children is 10.

A media advisory released by the North Dakota Department of Health cited the highest lead level reading of an adult study participant as still being lower than the CDC lead level threshold of concern for a child, and significantly lower than the CDC accepted threshold of concern for an adult. Furthermore, during a tele-press conference hosted by the ND Department of Health, officials stated they could not verify whether this adult even consumed game harvested with traditional ammunition. Correspondingly, the study only showed an insignificant 0.3 micrograms per deciliter difference between participants who ate wild game harvested with traditional ammunition and non-hunters in the non-random control group.

Also demonstrating their understanding that game harvested with traditional ammunition is safe to consume, the ND Department of Health, following the release of the CDC study results, encouraged hunters to continue donating venison to local food banks as long as processing guidelines were adhered to.

NSSF was critical of the ND Department of Health when earlier this year the Department overreacted to a non-peer reviewed study by a dermatologist who claimed to have collected packages of venison from food banks that contained lead fragments. North Dakota health officials did not conduct their own study, but merely accepted the lead-contaminated meat samples from the dermatologist. The ND Department of Health then ordered all food banks to discard their venison. Serious questions were raised in a subsequent investigative journalism piece published this summer about the scientific validity of the testing of venison samples from the ND food pantries, including concerns regarding the non-random selection of the samples.

It has since come to light that the dermatologist's efforts were not the independent actions of a concerned hunter, as he claimed. It was an orchestrated strategy by the Peregrine Fund -- an organization dedicated to eliminating the use of lead ammunition for hunting. The dermatologist serves on the Fund's Board of Directors.

For more than a century, hundreds of millions of Americans have safely consumed game harvested using traditional hunting ammunition, and despite there being no scientific evidence that consuming the game is endangering the health of individuals, special interest groups like the Peregrine Fund and anti-hunting groups are continuing to press state legislatures around the country to support a ban on this common, safe and effective ammunition.

These politically driven groups understand that while an outright ban on hunting would be nearly impossible to achieve, dismantling the culture of hunting one step at a time is a realistic goal. Banning lead ammunition is the first step of this larger political mission. We can only hope that with the conclusive CDC results concerning the safety of traditional ammunition, legislatures across the country will listen to science and not anti-hunting radicals.

The notion by some, that any amount of lead is a "concern," is scientifically unfounded rhetoric that runs contrary to nationwide, long-standing standards of evaluation. The NSSF is pleased that hunters and others can now comfortably continue consuming game harvested with traditional ammunition that has been properly field dressed and butchered, yet we remain unsettled that for so many months good and safe food was taken out of the mouths of the hungry as nothing more than a political gambit by special interest groups.

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Why is this important? Because the Democrats have already made noises about using this study to justify outlawing lead bullets and shot. That would pretty much end firearms USE while not directly attacking the 2nd Amendment. Don't think it will happen? Look at California.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008
  Two Americas
As much as I am loathe to do it, I have been forced to agree with Senator John Edwards (D-Hairspray) …

“Today, there are two Americas, not one: One America that does the work, another America that reaps the reward. One America that pays the Taxes, another America that gets the largess. One America that will do anything to control the lives of others, another America that just wants to be left alone. One America – Rural America – whose needs Washington has long forgotten, another America - Urban America - whose every wish is Washington's command. One America that is struggling to get by, another America that can buy anything it wants with the Taxes it has stolen, even a Congress and a President.”

Ok… so I made a couple of small changes to bring it in line with reality… but the sentiment is absolutely correct. There ARE “Two Americas”.

We are at a crossroads long coming. Urban America, with its utterly dependent/interdependent lifestyle, has finally realized that they have enough votes to forgo any pretence of caring about what happens to non-urban America or Americans.

This is simply undisputable. Even a cursory examination of the County by County election result data provided by the New York Times bears this out. Democrat/Obama voting wins correlate almost exactly with the Census data for combined Metropolitan Statistical Areas.

Think about it. 78% of all US citizens live in Urban areas, most within 100 miles of the US border, and have, by in large, grown up knowing nothing but dependence on others. I’m not talking about welfare, just the simple realities of day to day life in a hive of humanity. Someone else grows their food, produces their electricity, heats their apartments, cooks much of their food, provides their entertainment, “Protects” them from crime, all in ways that shield them from the messy realities of what those things cost in actual labor and capital… the labor of those outside the cities who can do most, if not all, of those things on their own quite nicely. If you don’t believe me, look at how a City reacts to even a temporary loss of power.

Urban America has finally come into its political own. They have realized that they ARE 78% of the electorate – and that their dense and essentially manipulable voting bloc can be used to control every aspect of US government. This is the first year it has worked, and unless collective amnesia sets in it will likely continue to work. Just ask ACORN.

And with that, Independent Rural Americans, their Traditions and Lifestyle are in deep jeopardy.

Think about it. The Bulk of Urban America doesn’t care that environmental policies made to “make life better” in Cities arguably make life more difficult and expensive in Rural America.

The Bulk of Urban America doesn’t care that “Gun (owner) Control” policies made to make life “safer” in Cities not only don’t work, but materially make life more difficult and unsafe for Rural America as well.

The Bulk of Urban America either does not care about rural pastimes & lifestyles, or is actively opposed to them. From Animal Rights/Political Veganisim, to Anti-Shooting Sports hysterics, to “Environmental Activism”, these and other “causes” are based and fomented entirely in Urban areas – before being foisted on farmers/ranchers, loggers, miners, sportsmen, etc. – and populated with “idealists” who have more time and money (afforded them by the “benefits” of an urban lifestyle) than Life Experience or sense.

It doesn’t take a degree in Sociology to recognize the hostility Urban America has toward Rural Folks just wanting to live out their lives without interference, and it doesn’t take a degree in History to know that one of the FIRST things “nationalized” by the Stalinists was Food Production.

Unfortunately, Rural folks not involved in Government Sponsored Agribusiness tend to want to be left alone – History be damned. They don’t naturally gravitate towards groupthink, activism or government. Who has the time? But unless Rural Americans take a page from the playbook of Leftist Identity Politics and organizes – if only enough to protect those Traditions that define them – they may not be able to recover enough “power” in government to remain culturally viable – much less prevent the almost inevitable Nationalization of Food Production that comes with the ascension of Urban Socialism. (After all, Collective Farming on the Five Year Plan was such a success…)

Rural Americans have, through lack of cohesion and this election, officially become the bastard stepchildren of US Policy – a measly 22% of the population deserving only of derision for their lack of “culture”. Just look at how the 4th Branch of the One Party State continually portrays (anyone from) “flyover country”.

It’s only going to get worse.

Unless Rural America wakes up.

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Friday, November 14, 2008
  So you think that President-Elect Obama was really pro-2nd Amendment?
Our own Virginia Senator Jim Webb (born fighting) made an ad that said his friend Barack Obama wasn't out to get our guns. He also said that no government would take his guns.

However, we know that Obama has consistently voted and spoken against private firearms ownership. We know that he didn't support the 2nd Amendment until AFTER the Heller decision and he still supports "reasonable" restrictions.

The Illinois State Rifle Association has recently criticized an employment questionnaire used by the Obama transition team:
"Question 59 provides clear insight into how Obama and his people perceive firearm owners," said ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson. The questionnaire poses a number of questions asking the applicant to reveal any unethical activities, or embarrassing Internet chats, then wraps up by asking if anyone in the applicant's family owns a firearm. Obviously, Obama feels that owning a firearm is akin to talking dirty in Internet chat rooms. But that should come as no surprise as, while an Illinois State Senator, Obama voted for SB1195 - a provision of which called for gun owners to be registered in the same manner as sex offenders."

Item 59 from the questionaire:
(59) Do you or any members of your immediate family own a gun? If so, provide complete ownership and registration information. Has the registration ever lapsed? Please also describe by whom and how it is used and whether it has been the cause of any personal injuries or property damage.
All this is well and good. Likely the Illinois State Rifle Association has a point. But, I have to admit there are a couple of other things about this that interest me.

First, the Obama team wants more disclosure than Obama the candidate provided the American people. There are questions not just about ownership of legal objects but about all relationships (why would that matter Bill Ayers?), memberships by the applicant and family members in organizations, etc. These questions were considered out of bounds for us to ask the candidate during the campaign but fine for him to ask employees. Well, they are reasonable questions, by and large, and very similar to those asked on background forms filled out by those seeking security clearances. Still, President-Elect Obama didn't answer such questions and indeed, he seems to have actively obfuscated on the answers.

Second, how does an inanimate object such as a firearm "cause" anything? Why would they say that unless they have the usual hoplophobic response to the word gun. Why not ask if the applicant has a TV, if it has every caused injury or displayed images that might be considered pornographic, or been used to access the internet through WebTV? Why not ask how many and what type transportation, who uses it and how?

Third, the question displays an astonishing ignorance in that it ignores legal realities. Guns are not registered in every state. There is no "where applicable" comment. Ignorance among those likely close to or influencing a government representative are as disturbing to me as the representative's ignorance. For somebody who has demonstrably supported gun control, a lack of understanding/knowledge of this basic fact would be very disturbing.

So, why is this little question so important? Well candidate Obama said he respected the 2nd Amendment and citizens' right to keep and bear arms. Does this question support that view?

Even before I had finished typing this little blurb, the story on the Obama questionnaire is all over the place even being mentioned on the national evening news! Why? Well lots of reasons the gun question included. People are upset that he wants the details in writing (Would you tell every little secret about yourself in writing and give it to who knows who?). People are upset that he wants to know about questionable associations and we weren't told about HIS questionable associations, some of whom are now speaking out (and making money from book sales!). It goes on and on.


  Do Presidents Rule or Serve?

Listen carefully. A single word. Semantics? Words are important. I've heard this somewhere else but can't place where. "Rule". Do you think the President of the United States of America "rules"? I don't. Indeed, that word isn't used in any official documents. Is this nice lady simply clueless? Uneducated? Or maybe, she's simply been listening to that word used in that context in the Obama campaign. Maybe by Obama himself. "Rule". Worries me. Does it worry you?


Thursday, November 13, 2008
  Thomas Paine and Common Sense

It is unfortunate that most American voters don't have a clue as to who Thomas Paine was or of the reference to his pamphlet, "Common Sense".


Wednesday, November 12, 2008
  Make a REAL Statement, Join the NRA
It is one thing to rebuild the Republican Party to both force the Democrats to slow down any movement of the country towards socialism and it is another to fight some specific actions proposed by the President-Elect and the Congressional leadership. One of those things is "gun" control. Despite the Heller decision (or perhaps because of it), Democrats apparently feel empowered to make some specific moves to increase regulation of gun ownership. Interestingly, a lot of folks who voted for Senator Obama are also opposed to new gun control regulation and legislation.

This has been demonstrated by the tremendous run on firearms and ammunition at gun shops all around the country. Republican or Democrat, black and white, rich and poor, they all recognize that this administration will move to limit their freedoms and liberties regarding firearms ownership. The President-Elect isn't constrained by politics but only by reality. There needs to be a message that the reality is that "gun" control is a losing policy.

It seems to me that the only way to immediately make an impression sufficient to forestall such action is to join the NRA. There is strength in numbers and you and YOUR numbers are needed. Not just for the shooter in the house, but your spouse, your children, parents and friends. Get as many people as you can to join. On Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009, I would like for the NRA to be able to announce they have 50 million members.

Just click on the banner!


Tuesday, November 11, 2008
  The President-Elect and Change.gov.
The President-Elect is already proposing the draft. Not just of 18 year olds but of high-school students, college students, even "veterans". At his site, Change.gov/Americaserves/, he proposes:

but it has already changed to
America Serves
"When you choose to serve -- whether it's your nation, your community or simply your neighborhood -- you are connected to that fundamental American ideal that we want life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness not just for ourselves, but for all Americans. That's why it's called the American dream."
The Obama Administration will call on Americans to serve in order to meet the nation’s challenges. President-Elect Obama will expand national service programs like AmeriCorps and Peace Corps and will create a new Classroom Corps to help teachers in underserved schools, as well as a new Health Corps, Clean Energy Corps, and Veterans Corps. Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by setting a goal that all middle school and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year and by developing a plan so that all college students who conduct 100 hours of community service receive a universal and fully refundable tax credit ensuring that the first $4,000 of their college education is completely free. Obama will encourage retiring Americans to serve by improving programs available for individuals over age 55, while at the same time promoting youth programs such as Youth Build and Head Start.
I suppose we don't know with any certainty which it is but I have to presume the first blush was closer to the truth. Interesting, isn't it?  These folks went from 50 and 100 hours of required community service each year to paying college students $40 an hour for their 100 hours.

But that isn't all that one might notice here. Did you notice the DOT GOV part? A part of the office of the President-Elect, this is authorized by law but not until after the Electoral College has voted! Somebody is a little ahead of themselves, aren't they? But hey, he had his own presidential seal, too...


Monday, November 10, 2008
  An Objective Evaluation of Problems Facing the President-Elect
STRATFOR (a geopolitical intelligence firm) has an excellent basic evaluation of what faces the President-Elect. I personally think it is right on although it doesn't go into much detail and glosses over the fact that the Electoral College has yet to actually vote (December 24th is the end date I think). Every sign is that President-Elect Obama intends to agressively pursue his radical agenda. It seems to me that doin so might end his presidency's effectiveness rather quickly. Only time will tell.

Hat tip to Lawdog for this link and information.


  Putting a Twist on Them...
We aren't beaten yet.  Barack Hussein Obama is young, relatively good looking, had oodles of cash (spending about twice as much as his opponents), a tremendous organization and the hopes of an entire race of people who turned out enmasse just to vote for him.  He may have had some nefarious doings in the way of iffy voter registrations and Secretaries of State (as in Ohio) but that doesn't seem to have been as widespread as feared.  His opponent couldn't energize his base until he selected a woman who had joined the NRA before her political career, who is conservative as a life style and not as a campaign ad as his running mate.  Still, in spite of ALL that, Obama was only able to garner 52.53% of the popular vote or 64,975,682 to 57,118,380 for McCain/Palin (with no other party garnering more than 700,000 votes).

I was reading Bill Whittle's comments and I'd say that he agrees.  We aren't defeated unless we surrender.  We can't surrender.  There's no reason to surrender.    So what do we do?  We rally the troops and we engage the enemy.

- Fox News Channel Election Map

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Sunday, November 09, 2008
  Rebuilding the Party...
IN as much as the Democrat Party is now the socialist party, there is only one way to go for reasonable conservatives who would like to see real change by 2012. That is to Rebuild The Party, "The Party" being the Republican Party. Let's face it. Just as it was easier for the socialists/communists to compromise the Democrat Party to meet their goals, so it will be so much easier for us to reclaim our own party and move forward with true social justice. This is just ONE step in that process.


  What Can I Do to Protect Myself and My Family?
You minimize the effects the Obama presidency (some call it Carter II) will have on you.   I don't think the damage will be restricted to 4 years. Look at 6-8 years even if President Obama is voted out in 2012.  The biggest problem is that stability is as important as lower tax rates to encourage investment.  If people are unable to be certain of the conditions under which they are investing, they don't invest.  The Obama presidency has already caused tremendous downward turns in the various markets because of the uncertainty.
We are likely to see the stock market depressed for a while with ups and downs, some of them rather extreme. When you got into the market makes a big difference as to whether or not to sell out. When you will need the money is important as well. Those who MUST retire now and have been in for just a little bit aren't doing well. Some folks who got in back in the 1990s have investments that still have substantial profits to take and thus taxes to pay.  Not worth getting out for them unless they need the money.  Timing is everything. I don't think we've hit bottom yet.  You might want to get in but at or close to the bottom.  Watch the markets closely.

If you intended to sell your home as a major part of your retirement fund and are being forced into retirement now, you're better off selling now, this year despite the still depressed housing market. Getting out BEFORE the end of year might pay big dividends even if you have to sell below the supposed market value. If you're lucky enough to live in California with inflated values you can convert that to something good by moving to a state like Arkansas or Missouri or West Virginia where house values are way down.  But be careful, if you need another job to make ends meet you have to go where there are jobs and house prices will be higher there.

Precious metals such as gold and silver coin might be excellent protection against government intervention. Certainly they will protect or insure your wealth and you might be able to cache that wealth outside a bank.  Don't go all one way, diversify.

Doing more business in cash might be a way to reduce your tax exposure. Sure you'll have a legal requirement to declare income but the more cash transactions you do the less you're exposed if you are in a business environment that permits that.

Network. Jobs, services, products, all can be had less expensively from people who, like you need money or perhaps your expertise. Barter is sometimes much better than cash. Then again, you should also retrench, i.e. simplify and spend less on luxuries. 

In an "iffy" business? You might want to plan ahead for employment stress and look for other work. Consider doing jobs that might not be everything you looked for but offer other "intangible" benefits such as greater security, an opportunity to learn salable skills, more networking possiblities. Being the guy everyone goes to for barter opportunities can present some very lucrative possibilities for you.

Some people have gotten out of their 401Ks paying the penalties but not necessarily because they see that Congress is looking at seizing 401K money but because of the stock market. I think it depends on what it will cost you. Government seizure of the retirement accounts will likely be incremental, first taxing the contributions up front and on the back end (double dipping like they do on your tax refund) and then seizing the retirement accounts one type at a time for the government to manage for you. Only time will tell.

It appears that trusts will still be viable methods of avoiding taxes. Why? Because that is how those in Congress do it. They aren't going to put themselves on the outs. Big money can come out of your estate and into a trust to move to your family.  They just have to deal with the limitations in that system.  It does require an attorney to draw up the documents and the details vary from state to state.

Moving to a more conservative state is a possibility.  If you move one can't overstate the importance of having connections. Being "from around here" is important to people.  Too many areas are experiencing people coming in and taking (and that is the perception) the good jobs, the good homes, and taking over the control of local government.  In times of economic stress you'd be on the outs.  Family and close friends can make you a part of the community more quickly.  That's important for employment, deals, even being aware of opportunities.  If it gets really bad you'd be the guy getting ripped off instead of getting helped i.e. at the bottom of the food chain.  It has taken me a full 24 years of intense involvement in the community to get to the point that I'm "from around here".  If you're very garrulous you might do better than I did, I don't know.

My family didn't have to consider such things when they moved from the northeast but it has paid off for us.  We've had time to become a part of the community.  We've been able to plan, diversify, and prepare for retirement.  We know people and they know us.  It is a good feeling.

I want to point out that identifying a locality as conservative by the voting in the past election may give you mixed messages. In a certain WV county with which I'm somewhat familiar the vote was nearly split with a 1% advantage to McCain but there is only ONE black family in residence in the entire county.  Whether or not you'd truly be simpatico in political views is a real question.  Still, the folks there are generally pretty good despite the truly depressed economic condition.


Saturday, November 08, 2008
  The Crisis...
"THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.” – T. Paine, December 23, 1776


America is full of “summer soldiers and the sunshine patriots”. This was amply evidenced by those who happily, vocally, nay, proudly, sold their fundamental Human Right to Keep and Bear Arms to the Gun Haters in Congress.

That’s right. Congress. Not The One. The Anointed One from Emperor Daley’s supremely Anti-Gun/pro Organized Crime Chicago won’t have to sully himself with the notion of even READING anything to do with the 2nd Amendment.

In fact, I’ll wager a box of lead handgun ammo that if anyone DOES bring a 2nd Amendment Question to him, he will be up in front of the cameras SUPPORTING it so fast you’d think he was a member of the Freedom Riders.

Because he doesn’t need to challenge the 2nd Amendment – and he knows it.

Congress knows it too. Everything I am going to tell you they have either already Trial-Ballooned, Promised, or begun, so don’t tell me I’m giving ideas to the Enemy.

Here is what, in their blind avarice & hatred of the RINO Party, America’s “summer soldiers and the sunshine patriots”, mostly “hunters” who fell for the AHSA spin, willfully ignored.

In 1993, a bill was proposed by Urban Democrats to raise Taxes on Ammunition from 50% to 10,000%. You can count on this being reintroduced. Look especially for Handgun Ammunition & “military/sniper” ammunition taxes to be particularly onerous, while taxes on shotgun shells and .22s to be low… to “prove” they aren’t anti gun.

With no Presidential Veto, there will be no way to stop it. There just aren’t enough Pro-Gun Votes in the One Party System.

In 2008, California instituted the first ban on the use of Lead in hunting ammunition. With a full on media blitz against “lead tainted meat”, a CDC “Report” on the “negative health effects of Lead in Game Meat” in the works, and a Kennedy on tap for the EPA you can look forward to EPA regulation of ALL “hunting” ammunition as well as Air Quality Standards and onerous Remediation requirements for Gun Ranges.

With no Presidential Veto, there will be no way to stop it. There just aren’t enough Pro-Gun Votes in the One Party System.

Never mind the reintroduction of the Mark Kirk (R)INO “Assault Weapons Ban” that includes pump shotguns. That’s a media circus throwaway.

Never mind the UN/IANSA “small arms proliferation treaty” that will be loudly denounced to “prove” their 2nd Amendment bona fides. They won’t need it.

The driving principle behind this new One Party System endorsed by America’s “summer soldiers and the sunshine patriots” was clearly laid out by The One himself discussing his position on New Coal Plants:

“So if somebody wants to (do X), they can. It's just that it will bankrupt them ..."

That’s right. "it will bankrupt them "... "it (We) will bankrupt them (you)". It’s not a “violation” of the 2nd Amendment to bankrupt Gun Ranges and Hunters/Shooters. You will still be able to buy and keep and bear (in a few places) arms… if, just as with machineguns, you can afford it.

And that also does a whammy on those True Patriots who thought, misguidedly as it turns out, that a vote for Osnoba, the Barrbarian or the much desired "None of the Above" would lead to the happy occasion of a needed Constitutional Revolution.

Sorry. It ain’t gonna work that way. I almost stood on that Principle, and a valid one it is, until I heard Osnoba’s Bankruptcy promise. That changed the game. There will be no Constitutional Crisis, No Revolution. The country will have to be driven into the ground and complete financial collapse. Anything else is just Waco.

A man who I deeply respect taught me that there is one and only one “issue” to vote on – guns, because without guns – the Right to keep and bear Arms – there can be no debates, only submission. And in no way did I ever consider that the McChurian Candidate was going to be GOOD for gun owners. To be frank, (Hi Frank), I thought John McCain was a waste of space on the ballot as a candidate – for the very reason that we saw on Nov. 4. His was, by in large, a campaign of capitulation every bit as “gracious” as his final speech. But at least a McCain Presidency would have forced the issue back into the realm of partisan bickering – and the Constitutional Question/Response. Too late for that now. The One Party State took that away.

Welcome to Thugocratic Urban Mob Rule. Stock up while you can, until, as promised, they Bankrupt you.

The only question now is – what to do next...

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Friday, November 07, 2008
  Politics Isn't All There Is...
I've been "wound up" over the election.  As a lifetime soldier, I am accustomed to identifying problems and solving them.  Stepping back is often difficult but sometimes necessary.  Assemblies of God General Superintendent Dr. George Wood clearly explains this.  So, let us pray and not work to destroy the country in order to elevate our representatives as they have done. 


  Palin for President 2012

As we reported earlier, this positive view of Governor Sarah Palin's place in the Republican Party has given us hope. Notwithstanding the disingenuous, blame-deflecting, sliming of Palin by the defeated McCain campaign operatives (all of whom should be cast out for their truly abysmal campaign), we who are like her are going to push for her in 2012. I'm officially starting that right now.

Why Palin would make a good president:
- has the belief system that supports the American Ideal.
- has the intestinal fortitude to pursue and perpetuate the American Ideal.
- has executive experience at several levels.
- is genuine, not contrived.
- can work across party lines without compromising the American Ideal.

Our proposed Vice-Presidential running mate is Bobby Jindal of Louisiana. All the above applies to him as well.

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Want to show support of Sarah Palin?
From Frank Demko, Chairman, Greene County, Virginia

If you are a supporter of Palin-type conservatism, I ask that you mail a post card to her telling her how much you appreciated her efforts and look forward to supporting her in 2012. A letter will take too long to get through the system. Folks inside the 495 Beltway both Democrat and Republican will continue their attacks on her.

The Address is:

Governor S. Palin
Alaska State Capital Building- Third Floor
PO Box 11001
Juneau, AK 99811-0001

Others are already working for our first woman President...


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Thursday, November 06, 2008
On 4 November 2008 the people elected Barack Hussein "Barry" Obama to be President and Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. to be Vice President of these United States. Widely considered historic because President-elect Obama is the first African-American elected we think it historic also because the President-elect is the most left-of-center or socialist person elected to the post. Likewise, Vice President-elect is the most left-of-center or socialist person elected to that post.

We really don't care that President-elect Obama is an African-American (or Black) person. We find that inconsequential. However, we do care that his past associates, family, and friends are consistently socialist, communist and radicals who have consistently expressed anti-American sentiments over their entire adult lifetimes.

President-elect Obama isn't yet in position to make many decisions that demonstrate their actual intentions as opposed to their campaign promises or their previous behavior. What he has done is select Rahm Emanuel as his Chief of Staff. It appears that this choice belies the President-elect's expressed desire for rapprochement with his political opponents because Congressman Emanuel is one of the most partisan of Democrats. He has a reputation for no-holds-barred attacks on his opponents and we feel it is unlikely that this bodes well for a centrist role for the President-elect.


  Changes to the Blog
I know we don't have many repeat visitors. I understand that folks don't like change. I know that I (or we) haven't been tremendously productive as to content, quality content. Oh, we have some particular posts that get lots of hits. Quite interestingly, these are posts of a type we intended to make but then did not. Well, the country as a whole has voted for change and we're going to makes some changes here.

One of those changes is that we going to become partisan. Not for a party, per se, but for a person or persons (perhaps) and certainly for a concept. That concept is the American ideal. For us, the American ideal is personified in the concept of self-reliance, a work ethic, honesty/forthrightness, decency, personal property rights, family, religion, an ability to defend oneself from criminals and crooked politicians, and personal responsibility. We are pro-military, pro-choice (even for the unborn...), and pro-capitalism. We strongly believe in judging people (men and women) by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. We see ourselves as God's creation, as having the two greatest of God's gifts of free will and the Savior Jesus Christ. We accept that our charge in accepting God is to oppose evil without regard to personal consequences.

Our country is faced with multiple challenges. We have both moved forward in our ability to ignore race and backwards in our inability to recognize the agents of totalitarianism. We are under assault by radical Muslims around the world. We face a resurgence of Russian imperialism. Our enemies without and within are working to perpetrate frauds on our financial markets and with regard to climate change in order to gain power. Our leaders have obstructed energy independence and refuse to defend our sovereign borders allowing an invasion by millions of illegal aliens.

The challenges are many but we do have answers, some of which address multiple problems. We hope to promote those answers and to promote people we believe will support our views.

Over the next few days or weeks you will begin to notice changes in the appearance to this blog. We hope that our few loyal readers will hang with us and perhaps contribute and that new readers will find us and help us get our message out. Thank you and may God bless...


Wednesday, November 05, 2008
  Palin for President 2012


Saturday, November 01, 2008
  From Macho Sauce Production

I'd love to buy him lunch... or dinner...

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