Thursday, May 21, 2015
Evidently opposed to inclusion of uncompromising gun rights constituencies in the electoral decision-making process, the “progressive” group People for the American Way attempted to pressure Sen. Cruz and others to withdraw from the planned events. Instead of discussing the proper role of government in relation to the Second Amendment, an attack piece “press release” published yesterday resorted to smearing GOA Executive Director Larry Pratt by implying he is a violent racist, and tried to scare GOP candidates away from being affiliated with “the most extreme elements of their party’s base.”
What horsecrap. Prosecutors want to make the Mongols Nation biker badge illegal. Police say removing gang logos diminishes the gang's power. The government will use legal precedent to make other biker badges illegal. 'The logo itself furthers a criminal enterprise,' says one source.
After being sidetracked by the Colorado trip and its after effects and the other medical misadventures since then, I'm back on the job of getting the backordered tee shirts to those of you still waiting. Mea culpa. I'm sorry that I let this slip more than bit.
Man is made in God’s image. Careless disregard for life means disregard for God’s law and hypocrisy towards the creator and His words. Hand-wringing over guns versus knives or clubs or pepper spray or locked doors just means that you’re straining at a gnat in order to swallow a camel. You don’t care about the women or children. You’re a self-absorbed, self righteous, pampered product of the effete chattering class, unnecessary to and a bad fit for the very people to whom you are speaking. No one is listening any more.
My original plan for a co-driver has fallen through. I am trying to arrange for a replacement (or replacements). At the moment, I may have to fly. (Arrrgh.) The critical days for being out there are Saturday the 30th (Salem), Sunday (Coos Bay) and Monday (and perhaps Tuesday) at the scene of the mine standoff outside Medford so I can do my own assessment of the situation there and see how I can help. The problem is finding someone who can take more than a week to help me accomplish that via road. That's 2500 miles out, 2600 miles back and probably at least another 400 miles between points out there. Way too much for this old cripple by himself.
Madison, in The Federalist No. 46, went further yet. He stated that, in the event of national governmental violation of the rights of states or their citizens, “the State governments with the people on their side would be able to repel the danger” through the power of “citizens with arms in their hands.”
There is nothing new in human history about courtiers. If James I could have his Duke of Buckingham, Bill and Hillary could have their Sidney Blumenthal. But the whiff of venom attended much of what Blumenthal did. He was noted for his conspiratorial thinking and nasty, highly personalized, whisper-campaign politics. Much can be learned about his smash-mouth style by studying the social behavior of the spotted hyena.
It is now coming to light that not only did Soros pour the gasoline on the city, but lit the match as well. It was more or less suspected that there was someone behind the Ferguson protests. Now we have the smoking gun.
The "government-monopoly-of-violence advocates" have finally decided that they can't be silent about armed civil disobedience any longer: Groups warn Oregon mine militia dispute threatens democracy.
A coalition of public policy advocates warned on Tuesday that a group of armed conservative activists who have been guarding a mine in southern Oregon for over a month are a sign of an emerging violent anti-government movement.The groups behind the newly formed "Ballots Not Bullets" coalition said they will seek to promote democracy over what they call militia-style extremism and will try to counter these kinds of movements nationwide.Created by seven organizations including the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and Catholics in Alliance for Common Good, Ballots Not Bullets is a response to an ongoing legal battle between the owners of a mining claim outside the small Oregon town of Medford and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. . .
"It is a rejection of any kind of democratic compromise and the endorsement of the use of weapons and violence to get your way," said Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a coalition member.
I've got news fer ya, Markie, you don't get to compromise our natural, God-given and inalienable rights, no matter how many elections you collectivists win. The Founders viewed unrestrained democracy as just as great a threat to liberty as monarchy.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
That's not stated bluntly in order to "blame the victims," but to keep more from being helplessly butchered. Likewise, no one who is sane would blame the knife, or the bludgeon, or the flames these people were killed with, but had a gun been used, is there any doubt that would have been exploited? The demonic savagery taken out on these unfortunate souls should once more “bring home” that monstrous evil can happen anytime, anywhere, even in exclusive neighborhoods and to the most unlikely of people. We owe it to ourselves and those we care about to consider our defensive options if it does, and not to let anyone else dictate our choices.
Brady-Campaign-Endorsed Alan Grayson wants to be a U.S. Senator from Florida, but he's got a little baggage. Make that a lot of baggage.
Back in 2008, Alan Grayson was endorsed by the Brady Bunch. In 2012, he made a commercial showing him waving a prop gun around that was later dropped because it might offend the Bradys. Now we're finding out more about this schmuck's character and it ain't pretty.
A retired Army officer forwarded me Texas Congressman Louis Gohmert's take on Jade Helm 15: "Changes needed in Jade Helm military exercises." So I asked him, "What do YOU think?" To which he responded:
Much as Gohmert does: Our wargames, command-post and field-exercise scenarios never depicted the sovereign States; it was not ever done, regardless whether "hostile," "permissive" or "uncertain". Fictitious country names were always used. Often the territories would be carved up so as to not even match State boundaries.Jade Helm 15 is different. Texas hostile? Utah hostile? Who knew? Quelle surprise.Either the administration put out some "guidance" specifying these precise exercise parameters to the (military) exercise planners, or some (military) exercise planners are simply going along with the latest political memes - and no one in (military) authority has reined them in. [We have seen this before, spontaneously, when local school administrators, working with local police, conducted "react to the local terrorist threat" drills (traumatizing the staff and kids, usually), where Christian homeschoolers were named as the threat. This sort of thing is quite expected, given current societal memes.]There is a great deal of conservative, traditional American angst over the potential for misdirection and/or blatant tyrannical action by this rogue administration. And having a military whose highest leadership has lost its way by assuming its slavish obedience to its civilian master equals fidelity to their constitutional duty doesn't help settle the collective jitters, either.So while I think that angst is understandable, for all the reasons Gohmert lists, nevertheless I do not think that Jade Helm 15 is going to result in a sudden jump to processing local conservatives into concentration camps.Like Denninger, I do question a number of stated premises. Most obviously the working-up with local, state and federal police agencies concerning TTP's that can only be described as population control.While there is nothing (conceptually) wrong with the US Military conducting training exercises on the economy, it has not been large-scale US military practice since WW II. Prior to WWII, it was common. But it needs to be done with a respect for the people of the United States that this administration utterly lacks.To quote Rep. Gohmert: "The map of the exercise needs to change, the names on the map need to change, and the tone of the exercise needs to be completely revamped so the federal government is not intentionally practicing war against its own states."And I will add that the Military needs to get back to earning the trust of the American people by not kow-towing to a partisan administration. Senior military leaders need to show a little backbone.Yeah, I know. It is to laugh.
I am sure that American taxpayers are overjoyed that a federal agency held a hearing on a nonexistent problem so that a group of academics could present their inane theories to solve it — theories that, if implemented, would restrict basic liberties and freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights. During the golden age of radio, Jimmy Durante once said that politics developed more comedians than radio ever did. Based on the testimony at Chairwoman Ravel’s FEC hearing, today it seems that academia is giving both a run for their money.
The government wants to keep firearms seized by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in September’s raid on Connecticut Firearms manufacturer Stag Arms, The Hartford Courant reported Monday. At this point, no charges have been filed against the company, but an investigation is ongoing.
The American firearms industry is as healthy as ever, seeing an unprecedented surge that has sent production of guns soaring to more than 10.8 million manufactured in 2013 alone — double the total of just three years earlier. The 2013 surge — the latest for which the government has figures — came in the first full year after the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, signaling that the push for stricter gun controls, strongly backed by President Obama, did little to chill the industry despite the passage of stricter laws in states such as New York, Maryland, Connecticut and California.