On July 19th Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey unilaterally banned the sale of most semiautomatic rifles in the State simply because they share characteristics with already banned “assault rifles”.  This is the newest in a long series of threats to our right to bear arms.  The best way to fight against these threats is by arming ourselves and others with knowledge about the original meaning and purpose of the Second Amendment.   We must combat all of the distortions and out right lies about the Second Amendment.  Most of the distortions of the Second Amendment come from those on the left however those on the right are also guilty on a couple key points so please keep reading even if you consider yourself to be an expert on the Second Amendment.

How many times have you heard the one about the Second Amendment being just about hunting?  If you’re like me you’ve heard it way too many times.  The framers of the Second Amendment made it abundantly clear the purpose was defense — self defense, defense of the community, defense of the State, and defense of the nation.

The Virginia Declaration of Rights, which was written in 1776, served as a model for the Bill of Rights.  It is very similar to amendments proposed during the New York and North Carolina ratifying conventions for the Constitution.  The final version of the Second Amendment was an edited down version of this which conveyed the same meaning with less words.  Here is section 13 of that document:

That a well-regulated Militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defence of a free State; that Standing Armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that, in all cases, the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.

Two common distortions which are linked together are that the Second Amendment is a collective right that only applies to members of the militia and the militia was exactly same as the National Guard is today.  Both points are incorrect.  None of the rights mentioned in the Bill of Rights are collective rights.  The framers of the Constitution and Bill of Rights believed only in individual rights.  The National Guard, which came into existence in 1933, is made up of formal military units composed of a limited number of individuals.  The militia was made up of the entire population.  That was clearly stated in the Virginia Declaration of Rights and the amendments proposed during the ratifying convention.  Here are two more quotes regarding the make up of the militia and scope of the right to bear arms:

Richard Henry Lee Federal Farmer 18

To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them…

George Mason Virginia Ratifying Convention 1787

I ask who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people, except a few public officers.”

The right to bear arms is not granted to us by the Second Amendment.  That right is granted to every individual by God.  It is one of the God given Natural Rights.  The Second Amendment protects and preserves that right by preventing the federal government from interfering with that right in any way.  All federal restrictions and regulations involving firearms are unconstitutional.  The only role the Supreme Court should play involving the Second Amendment is to declare all federal restrictions unconstitutional.  Unfortunately the federal government, including the Supreme Court, stopped following the Constitution decades ago.

I know I’m going to take heat from some on the right about this but the Second Amendment does not prevent the States from placing restrictions on firearms.  The Bill of Rights does not apply to the States in any way.  That is quite clear from the transcripts form the drafting and the ratifying of the Bill of Rights.  James Madison proposed extending some of the Bill of Rights to the States but that was shot down.  The US Constitution created a bottom up federal republic not a top down national government with the federal government in complete control.  No rights are absolute,  At some level decisions have to be made to determine where exercising your rights becomes an abuse of your rights,  If freedom of speech is absolute what would prevent someone from standing outside your bedroom window all night screaming threats and obscenities at you?  If freedom of religion is absolute then there would be no way to prevent human sacrifice.  The framers of the Constitution believed these decisions should be made at the State level.

There are two levels of defense built into our constitutional system to prevent the States from becoming abusive to our rights.  The first line of defense is the State Constitutions.  Every State Constitution has a Bill of Rights.  All but a few protect the right to bear arms.  Here is what the Massachusetts Constitution has to say on this subject:

Article XVII. The people have a right to keep and to bear arms for the common defence. And as, in time of peace, armies are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be maintained without the consent of the legislature; and the military power shall always be held in an exact subordination to the civil authority, and be governed by it.

Since guns are meant for common defense and those so called assault weapons are perfect for common defense aren’t they protected?

The ultimate line of defense is “we the people”.  It is up the people of the States to decide when the State governments go to far in the regulations of firearms,  They must play an active role and hold the State governments accountable.  They must educate their fellow citizens, organize protests, and vote out all that want to go to far with restricting guns.  I firmly believe that permit less open carry with no restrictions is the model for all States.

Who is Jon Fournier — Im a strict constitutionalist who has studied the Notes on the Debates in the Federal Convention, the transcripts of the State ratifying conventions, The Federalist Papers, The Anti-Federalist Papers, and the writings of the framers of the Constitution. I have also studied economics through the writings of Adam Smith, F A Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, and Milton Friedman.

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Every single Person participating in said sit in is of the same political party as the Orlando shooter and like said shooter “likes Hillary Clinton” or in Mr. Mateen’s case “liked”

That is all.

Update: Via Insty and of course Iowahawk

“And that one?” I pointed to a man up to his chin in boiling blood. He was screaming in agony so his face was distorted, but he looked Oriental.

“New one,” Billy said. “Seung, something like that. Went out and shot a bunch of people in the college he was at. Allen, it puzzles me that a man can shoot thirty-two full-grown men and women before the sheriff’s men gun him down. You’re more his time, maybe you can tell me. Why didn’t someone just shoot the son of a bitch?”

I scratched my head. Billy’s viewpoint seemed skewed, alien.

“Five of ‘em where teachers,” Billy said. “They had to protect their kids. How could they not be armed? It’s as if someone has been taking away their guns.”

Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle:  Escape from Hell

“We would have preferred to hit a US frigate, but no problem because they are all infidels.”

Spokesperson Army of Aden

 

 

Rather than write about all the various concepts concerning 1st amendment rights and a business being allowed to make their own decision and point out one simple thing:

This restaurant owner by making this public declaration against guns and gun owners has informed any lawbreaker that they are unlikely to get any kind of resistance either from the owners or from the patrons as those who are most likely to be able to offer any resistance will be eating elsewhere. While, vendettas against Christian bakers notwithstanding, the owner has the right to do this, I question its wisdom.

Given the number of other places to eat I see no reason to dine somewhere that has provided an incentive to the violent or the lawless to stop on by.

Just an FYI A documentary film maker who believes the facts are you their side never does this:

or this:

The irony of the cowardice by a group of anti-gun activists is not lost on me.

One of the basic facts that Christianity teaches is that humans have a sinful nature which is why it was so necessary for Christ to redeem them in such a dramatic and painful way.

This means that believers will sin, sometimes in spectacular ways not only because of the temptations of the Devil but because it is in our fallen human nature. It’s one of the reasons why confession, instituted by Christ is one of the bedrocks of the church. For example while you are much less likely for a believing christian to get or encouraging their child to have an abortion, vs a non christian, the sheer number of abortions in this country suggest it wouldn’t be hard to find an example of one doing so.

Or to put it another way, something that is a million to one shot should happen regularly in a country of 300+ Million

By the same token sooner or later the press will find a campus shooter who is a devout christian, a tea party member, an outspoken conservative, a NRA life member who has attacked liberals online and has expressed a desire to eliminate them brandishing a machine gun in a non-gun free zone.

Just not today.

Question, given the number of California gun laws the San Bernardino attackers happily violated how would new ones deter them?

Take your time.

Update: via Instapundit ATF Says Weapons Used in San Bernardino Shooting Were Illegal in California.

In fact they were illegal under federal law:

Modifying a gun for fully automatic fire is illegal in every state, it’s a federal law. A VERY SERIOUS federal law.

I’m going to shock a few people here by saying how pleased I am to see John Bel Edwards win in Louisiana

To regular readers of the blog this might be a shock, why on earth would I want to see the democrats get a morale increasing win at a time when things look very bad for them, much better to see them continue to be crushed without mercy.  Particularly if you look at his record on certain issues:

Edwards campaigned as a moderate Democrat; he is an Obama supporter.  One of the first things Governor Edwards will do is to accept the Louisiana Medicaid expansion portion of Obamacare.

Another problem I saw with Edwards is that he is in the pocket of the trial lawyers and would do little to support the tort reform that is contributing to the anti-business climate in this state.  The business climate in this state is dismal…that is unless all you want to come in is more chain restaurants and tattoo parlors.  Not much else is happening here.

Edwards also wants to raise the minimum wage — another anti-business move.

I also find it unsettling that Edwards seems to have no clear position on whether or not he would accept more Syrian refugees into Louisiana and that he has been obfuscating his earlier positions on this for what is apparently a more popular stance.  The Hayride outlined this word-juggling here.  Initially, Edwards posted on Facebook that he would be an “active participant” in talks with the feds so that “we can be partners in the effort to accommodate refugees…”.  Well, if we can forgive Vitter for adultery eight years ago, (as his wife did, by the way), certainly we can forgive Edwards a little verbal nuance, no?  Everyone’s entitled to change their mind, except when they lie about it.

Initially, Edwards want to accommodate and assist the Syrian refugees coming into Louisiana.  After his Facebook posts advocating this position, and the grief he took for it in the comments, he changed his mind.  Curious.

These are all valid points & if I was a republican whose only goal was victory for the republican party  I’d be pretty upset.

But I’m not a republican, I’m a conservative catholic and when I look at John Bell Edwards this is what I see:

His Catholic upbringing and strong family ties have shaped both his commitments to his own community as well as his family. John Bel’s mother taught him both the compassion he demonstrates as a legislator and his belief in the power of prayer. Meanwhile, his family credits his father with ensuring that John Bel carefully considers all sides of an issue before making difficult decisions on behalf of his constituents. This compassion and good judgment, coupled with his ability to understand the details of legislation, has made him a force to be reckoned with among his colleagues in the Louisiana Legislature.

John Bel is married to his high-school sweetheart, the former Donna Hutto and they live in Roseland, Louisiana, with their three children, Samantha, Sarah Ellen, and John Miller. Donna is a public school teacher in Hammond, Louisiana, and John Bel practices law with his nephew in Amite. The Edwards family attends St. Helena Catholic Church in Amite.

And when I look at him on the issues I care about this is what I see:

Like the governor, he is an anti-abortion, pro-gun rights Catholic; his voting record is unblemished on both issues. Edwards is also known in the House as one of the most studied and disciplined legislators on either side of the aisle. Like Jindal, he has a sharp mind for policy.

and has lived this example: emphasis mine

In the 30-second TV spot, Edwards’ wife Donna describes being 20-weeks pregnant when a doctor discovered their child had spina bifida and encouraged her to have an abortion. `I was devastated,` Donna Edwards says. `But John Bel never flinched. He just said, ‘No. No, we’re going to love this baby no matter what.’`

The commercial shows their grown-up daughter with her fiancee as Donna Edwards says, `Samantha’s getting married next spring and she’s living proof that John Bel Edwards lives his values every day.`

Edwards said the ad was his daughter’s idea `to make sure people understood where we are on that issue as it relates to our Catholic Christian faith, being pro-life.` It also draws distinctions from the national Democratic Party, as Edwards positions himself as the kind of moderate Democrat that Louisiana used to regularly elect to statewide office.

Now there was a time when a Democrat who supported Gun Rights, was opposed to abortion and were actual faithful church Catholics was nothing unusual.  Unfortunately that time was over two decades ago back in the days when I was a democrat. It’s why I left the party in 1992

Now he’s weaseled a tad on funding planned parenthood for my taste but as Jazz Shaw put it:

The answer may not be what you think. One part of the equation is that the Democrats found the right guy to run. Edwards’ biography lays it all out. A West Point graduate and Airborne Ranger, Edwards is pro-gun, hawkish and touts his family’s deep religious faith and ties to the church. If you dropped this guy anywhere else in the country he’d be a Republican. Heck.. .he’d be toward the right wing of the party.

Meanwhile in the Lt Gov race the Democrats ran a fellow named Kip Holden who has argued this on abortion

Kip Holden, a Democrat, said: ”You’ve heard that life begins at conception. That’s disputed by a number of people and a number of those people have scientific backgrounds.”

Mr. Holden said the proposed law ”boils down to the haves and the have nots. Yes, abortions will still be performed on those women who can afford to go to other states.”

Holen is also a member of Bloomberg’s Mayors against illegal guns group.

The result?  While Edwards beat Vitter by 12 points, Holden the pro-abortion anti gun democrat lost by 10 to republican Billy Nungessor.

That’s exactly the type of result I want to see.

Now normally an Obama supporting, pro-obamacare Democrat winning the Gubernatorial race in the south would be a huge story for the MSM and we’d see huge headlines and in depth coverage of the winning democrat from the MSM for a week.

But given that this is also the win of  a pro 2nd amendment, anti common core anti-abortion religious catholic combined with a loss for a anti-2nd amendment pro abortion running mate, I think they might give it a miss.

Closing thought, I’m sorry for my friend Pat Austin that she is going to have to deal with a governor who is going to be bad on a lot of issues that are important to people living in Louisiana.

But if the Democrat party decides to start running anti-abortion pro-2nd amendment candidates for governor all over the nation, nobody will be happier than I

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10th Doctor: You’re not …..{Pulls out & extends sonic Screwdriver , 11th Doctor pulls out longer one with a grin } Compensating?
11th Doctor: For what?
10th Doctor: Regeneration. It’s a lottery.
11th Doctor: Oh, he’s cool. Isn’t he cool? I’m the Doctor and I’m all cool. Oops, I’m wearing sandshoes!

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You know there are some stories that are so foolish, so stupid that when you read them you’re convinced that they are simply plants.

University of Texas at Austin students plan to carry dildos around campus next year in protest of recent legislation that allows concealed carry permit holders to carry their firearms to public colleges’ campuses.

No you’re not reading that wrong, it’s not an article from Cracked or Mad it’s actually happening.

And the leader of this protest thinks that carrying a gun is all about SEX!

 

Jin told the Houston Chronicle in an interview that she chose the sex toy as “it spotlights the masturbatory nature of the power which people derive from gun ownership, and the self aggrandizing ‘I’m one of the good ones, I’ll protect you’ arguments we’re so often expected to simply trust.”

The truth of course is that having a concealed carry permit says something quite different as evidenced by this tweet:

But I do think there is something psycho sexual about all of this.

The people who will be carrying around sexual devices are actually advertising their impotence.

They don’t have the discipline to learn how to carry a firearm safely, they don’t have the ability to protect themselves, they don’t have the historical perspective to understand how bearing arms is a basic right of a free person and finally they don’t have the self-confidence to defend themselves or the courage to defend others.

So I think it’s totally appropriate for such people who have none of these historically manly qualities and are terrified of manhood to parade around bearing items to make up for their inadequacy.

It’s who they are

For those of you who don’t understand the difference between how media in Red States and Media in blue states see the world here is an excellent example using almost identical stories in two different states over the weekend.

Blue State Media adjective: Victim

Used by a reporter in a sentence: Police have not yet identified the victim.

Definition: Used to describe a person shot and killed when attempting an armed robbery in a Connecticut restaurant

Media involved NBC Connecticut


An armed man was shot dead by a patron after the suspect tried robbing the Waterbury, Connecticut, cafe and the patrons inside, police said.
Police are investigating the fatal incident as a homicide.

Red State Media Adjective: Robber

Used by a reporter in a sentence: The Waffle House crew was busily going about its typical early-morning ritual — smothering and scrambling breakfast, clanking through the dirty dishes — when a robber jolted them out of their routine.

Definition: Used to describer a person shot and killed when attempting an armed robbery in a North Carolina Restaurant.

Media involved: The Post and Courier


A customer decided he was having none of that and opened fire in the North Charleston eatery, thwarting the holdup Saturday by fatally shooting the suspect.

The young man who tried to rob the restaurant was rushed to Medical University Hospital, but he later died, police spokeswoman Angela Johnson said…Said an officer at the scene: “It says something about firearms … for good people with firearms being in the right hands.”

In both cases an armed person attempted to rob a restaurant, in both cases a citizen with a licence to carry was present. In both cases the person with the licence to carry killed the person attempting to rob the place but in blue state america the dead criminal is a victim while in red state america he is a robber.

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Yesterday President Barack Obama had this to say about the shootings at an Oregon College:

Well now, phony profiles created after death not withstanding there is one thing we have established on the record from named witnesses present in the room as he was killing people.

The killer in Oregon was deliberately targeting Christians

Now if I was the president of the US

Whose policies were extremely anti christian

Who was suing catholic nuns in order to force them to abet commit mortal sin.

Who has been ignoring the slaughter of christians worldwide.

Whose party regularly attacks christian belief as “hate speech”

Whose closest supporters spent the last 26-38 hours going absolutely batshit nuts over the single most popular religious figure in the world meeting with Kim Davis the Christian most hated by my supporters

I think that even if it did take people’s minds off of Syria for a week, if people politicize a mass murder committed by a young black man specifically targeting Christians in a zone so gun free even the guards who were supposed to protect the student weren’t allowed to have them, it just might not work out so well for my party in general and for me in particular.

But that’s just me

Update: three things 1st Some good advice but one solid conclusion:

As for the 26 year old scumbag who did this – there’s a lot of information swirling around about him on various internet sites and not all of it is reliable. It is probably best to step back for a day or two to see how things shake out, before much is said about him. One thing is certainly safe to say: He did not like Christians.

A harsh assessment on RedState per Obama’s directive on politicizing:


Let’s be clear on this. Obama does not care about dead bodies in the street. If he did he’d set up a tent in Chicago so he could be on site as a dozen or so people are killed or wounded each weekend. He won’t do that because those people are primarily black or Hispanic and he knows his liberal base thinks that is just what minorities do. If he was really interested in dead bodies he’d be down on the Arizona-Mexico border where the actions of his own Justice Department have made that area a war zone by illegally passing weapons to unauthorized buyers. If he actually cared he would have shown some vague interest when a military recruiting station was shot up in Chattanooga. He is, allegedly, the commander-in-chief. But he couldn’t show concern because the shooter was a Muslim radical (or radical Muslim, YMMV). He could have shown concern when three Muslim students were gunned down in North Carolina but the shooter was one of his lunatic supporters.

and an interesting theological point:

If the reports are correct, men and women declared their faith and died for it. That is the classic definition of a martyr, and may their families be comforted by the words of the Savior: “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.”

That leads to a sobering question for any Christian: “Is your belief strong enough that you would declare it openly if you knew it meant your death?”

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I’m sorry to say yet another school shooting has taken place at a community college in Oregon. 10 are reported dead.

As Stacy McCain has said we don’t know all the facts so I’d take everything on social media with a grain of salt at this time and even the stuff on CNN, FOX MSNBC etc is based on initial reports so one should be very careful before we attempt to figure out motive, number of shooters etc etc etc.

However there is one fact that we can note.  Umpqua Community College is a “gun free zone” and on CNN at 3:32 PM the person Brooke Baldwin was speaking in response to noting this was a “Gun Free Zone” said the following:

‘Gun Free Zone’ means nothing to the shooter.

When you create a gun free zone you don’t make people safer, you turn an area into a hunting preserve for killers and terrorists.

This is a lesson that needs to be learned and until this is, we will see more and more of this.

That’s all I have to say for now.

Update: Instapundit: “As I wrote several years ago, now, People don’t stop killers. People with guns do.

Update 2: From the press conference: “Do you have armed security guards on campus?” “No I do not.”

Update 3: shot

Chaser

Update 4: the NY Post reported that the shooter was singling out Christians:


A woman who claimed to have a grandmother inside a writing class in Snyder Hall, where a portion the massacre unfolded, described the scene in a tweet.
“The shooter was lining people up and asking if they were Christian,” she wrote. “If they said yes, then they were shot in the head. If they said no, or didn’t answer, they were shot in the legs. My grandma just got to my house, and she was in the room. She wasn’t shot, but she is very upset.

I was hesitant to put this up because it was not from a live source but Time Magazine now has an actual person on the record saying this:

Student Kortney Moore, 18, said the gunman shot her teacher in the head, then asked others in the classroom about their religion before shooting again, according to the News-Review, a local newspaper.

linking to this:

Kortney Moore, 18, from Rogue River, was in her Writing 115 class in Snyder Hall when one shot came through a window. She saw her teacher get shot in the head. The shooter was inside at that point, and he told people to get on the ground. The shooter was asking people to stand up and state their religion and then started firing away, Moore said. Moore was lying there with people who had been shot.

That give the NY Post enough credibility to repeat and said story now includes this:

Kortney Moore, an 18-year-old student at Umpqua Community College who was also in the room, told Oregon’s News Review that the shooter was indeed on the hunt for Christians.

I predict that if this pans out Barack Obama & Democrats will regret his suggestion to politicize this issue.

Update 5: The “targeting christians” is now the headline of targeting Christians, CNN is staying away from this but was happy to bring an Obama hack to attack the #GOP.

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One of the big arguments for the service Uber is the idea of letting the free market manage the cost of transportation rather than the using licensing of taxi badges as a revenue source for the state and the badge owners.

I’m delighted that Uber is so enamored with the free market one thing about the free market, so many things can swing it.

Uber Technologies says it is banning firearms of any kind during rides arranged through the Uber platform, and drivers or riders who violate the rule may lose access to the platform. The rules also apply to Uber’s affiliates.

The company said Friday it changed its firearms policy on June 10 to make sure riders and drivers feel comfortable. In a statement, Uber said it made the change after reviewing feedback from both passengers and Uber drivers. Previously it had deferred to local law on the issue.

If I was an investor in Uber I might be worried about the idea of offending a good chunk of my potential customer base by making such a move, but then again I could always invest in a company with a different policy.

While the investors might be worried about the free market implications, if I was a customer or a driver I’d be worried about the company giving the official “all clear” to any potential armed robber looking for an easy mark.

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Today I had CNN on in the background as I was writing. As you might guess they were talking about the Charleston Shooting. In watching Wolf Blitzer’s coverage I learned two lessons:

Lesson 1:  The murders of Black Christians at Prayer show that the gun laws of South Carolina are not sufficient.

Lesson 2:  Every Single Republican must be questioned concerning the Gun Laws national or state.

CNN (with the notable exception of Jake Tapper who pivoted when a guest tried to blame Fox News for the murders) has apparently decided that they are not going to let this crisis go to waste politically.

Oddly enough if anyone at CNN goes to this page they would note that there have been 11 shooting homicides in Baltimore since June 1st.

These shooting have cost Tyrone Hamber, Calvin Bryant, Kevin Jones, Ronnie Walden, Elery Hudson, Jamon Corprew, Curtis D Mitchell, Jerome J Grant, Michael S. Montgomery and two as of yet unidentified victims their lives.

CNN apparently sees no connection to any of these murders to the Gun laws in either Baltimore or Maryland and has yet to ask any Democrats asked to comment on the lack of effectiveness of gun control in either the City of Baltimore or the state of Maryland.

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Terrorism is most definitely not a weapon of the weak; it is a weapon used against the weak,” Jeffrey Goldberg points out in his article, and continues,

The cartoonists and writers at Charlie Hebdo never stood a chance against their killers.

The reason that Pamela Geller, who I know and respect (and have always called Pamela, instead of Pam), Robert Spencer, Gert Wilders, Bosch Faswstin, and the attendees of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI)  Sunday event in Garland, TX survived the terrorist attack is because the terrorists were met with immediate deadly force.

The media is twisting itself to present the terrorists as weak, as victims of a tragedy. Ponder this headline for a moment, from the Dallas Morning News,

2 Garland shooters’ lives twined to tragic end

The phrasing evokes this,

Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life;
Whose misadventur’d piteous overthrows
Doth with their death bury their parents’ strife.

Which is enough to make you want to puke.

In reality, not only did one of the shooters link himself to ISIS in his tweets, the Islamic State claims responsibility for shooting at Texas AFDI/JW free speech event.

I repeat: The IS, perpetrators of a long roster of the most heinous acts of depravity in recent years, is claiming responsibility. Whether they are opportunistic or not, the fact remains that they want to portray themselves as part of it.

Here’s yet another, more important fact: It was because of the heroic reaction of a 60-year-old Garland police officer that the terrorists failed. Bob Owens describes the scene in his article HE PUSHED FORWARD: Brave Garland Police Officer Advanced As He Brought Down Garland Terrorists,

No matter how you break down the details, this was an incredible display of bravery and marksmanship by this 30+ year veteran of the Garland Police Department, who not only resisted the natural urge to create distance between yourself and rifle-armed assailants, but who appears to have done precisely the opposite, and who advanced while firing accurately, bringing the attack to a swift conclusion without a single additional casualty once he brought his weapon to bear.

Determined people with good training and a decent handgun can indeed defeat the most zealous fanatic.

Again, Terrorism is most definitely not a weapon of the weak; it is a weapon used against the weak. I’ll add that an unarmed citizenry is the weakest of all.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s blog.

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Professor Yana (The Master)Oh. Now I can say I was provoked.

Doctor Who  Utopia 2007

The government of The United States is not legitimate.

Act accordingly.

Camp of the Saints

Back in June of 2013 I wrote about my fear that the left in general and the president in particular will eventually provoke the people into violence:

If enough people start thinking that in our well armed society, bad things happen.

As I wrote this warning I was working under the assumption that our friends agreed that such a result would be a horrible thing that should be avoided.

But As I watch the president continue to take provocative unconstitutional actions a question is gnawing at the back of my mind.concerning this.

What if the folks in the White House want to provoke violence?

What if the goal is to push and to push and to push some more to the point where people react in a violent way in order to justify the use of force to suppress said violence and bring in even more sweeping restrictions of rights?

Hey if you can’t find a violent Tea Party murderer to justify your arguments why not do your best to create one.

My suggestion?  Resist this trap, the Obama Administration has a limited lifespan we need to loudly oppose them without giving them the excuse or the propaganda excuse to do worse.

Exit thought:  Do you know what the worst part of this question is?  Five years ago if anyone suggested to me that an American administration would think along these lines I would have considered them crazy.

But then again if you suggested to the average russian in 1919 that the state would eventually starve millions they wouldn’t have believed you either.

Rather than a long post on the Obama Administration war on the 2nd Amendment let me put one thought into the minds of our friends on the left who are celebrating the attempt to ban bullets.

How is this any different from a leader claiming that they are not violating freedom of speech or the press if they outlawed pixels or ink?

Think about it.

Q:  How do we know that Michael Bloomberg is not considered a “Republican” by the media?

Imagine if any conservative suggested this:

Bloomberg Suggests Banning Young Minority Males from Gun Ownership

Speaking to the Aspen Institute on February 6, Michael Bloomberg said cities should ban young minority males from owning guns, both as an effort to reduce crime and to keep those minority males “alive.”

According to The Aspen Times, Bloomberg addressed a variety of topics, and after commenting on poverty and education, he discussed guns. The Times reported that he said, “Cities need to get guns out of [the] … hands” of persons who are “male, minority, and between the ages of 15 and 25.”

via powerline who notes 

As many southern blacks from the civil rights era will tell you, it was their ownership of guns that kept the violence against blacks (from Democrats, let us remember—Bull Connor was a member of the Democratic National Committee) from being even worse than it was.  Sure we have gang-bangers today who take a fearsome toll.  But how many law abiding minorities in bad neighborhoods want to place their safety in the hands of the response times of Mayor DeBlasio’s NYPD right now?

Picture if Ted Cruz, Mitt Romney or Bill O’Reilly said something like this, would there be any other story in the media anywhere?

Mike Bloomberg is not a Mitt Romney, O’Reilly or Ted Cruz (the latter as a 2nd amendment friend would never even think this) He is an ally of the left and a potential source of hundreds of millions of dollars for their causes and themselves and no amount of statements that would make any contender for the white house an “unperson” will cause the left to throw away a potential gravy train.

But the election is over and the need to pretend to agree with voters is gone too.

Sen. Wendy Davis said in a Monday interview with the Express-News that she opposes allowing the open carry of handguns and that she wishes she had a do-over on the support she expressed for the idea in her ill-fated run for governor.

You might expect me to use this as an excuse to hit the Democrats, but I’m also old enough to remember when John McCain wanted the border secure.

I can respect an open foe a lot more than a phony one.

Mr. Scott: The best diplomat I know is a fully-activated phaser bank

Star Trek A Taste of Armageddon 1967

While it’s nice that so many people nationwide have chosen to help a baking company in Ferguson rebuild at Merello Gas station the old saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” :

the streets of Ferguson have been in an uproar of rioting and looting. Businesses in a 2 square mile area outside of Ferguson have had to close and take measures to protect their property.

The white-owned Conoco gas station has remained open, though, because a group of male black Ferguson residents are keeping guard.

What?  While black owned business’ are being torched this white owned gas station is being guarded?

Derrick Johnson, a 6-foot-8 man, held an AR-15 assault rifle as he stood in a pickup truck near the station’s convenience store entrance. Three other men joined Johnson, each armed with pistols.

I would have gone with a shotgun would be more intimidating but given the number of people in a crowd they might not have wanted to risk hitting the wrong people.

But regardless of the weapon why would these men do this: 

The men said they are protecting the store out of respect for the white owner, Doug Merello, who employed them over the course of several years, reports Inquisitr.

“He’s a nice dude, he’s helped us a lot,” said one of the men who identified himself as R.J.

The most amazing thing?  These guys are doing this on their own

The men are not being paid by Merello, nor were any of the others that joined them on-and-off since the rioting began.

We would have been burned to the ground many times over if it weren’t for them,” said Merello.

There are many lessons here worth noting

1.  Looters & rioters are generally cowards:

For all their bravado concerning race, given the choice of torching an unprotected black owned business & risking their skin torching a white owned business our brave looters & rioters will choose the unprotected black owned business every time.

2.  Treating your customers and employees right isn’t just the right thing, it’s the smart thing:

While this piece doesn’t say if any of the guards were currently working for Merello a reuters piece gives more detail:

Merello said he feels deep ties to Ferguson, and if the loyalty of some of his regular customers is any indication, the feeling is mutual.

REPAYING A DEBT

At times, Jordan and his friends were joined on Tuesday night by other men from the neighborhood, also armed. None of the men was getting paid to be there. They said they felt they owed it to Merello, who has employed many of them over the years and treats them with respect.

This isn’t just a case of people protecting their current jobs, they considered a debt of gratitude.  If he was a dishonorable man he would be making an insurance claim right now.

3.  Friendship trumps ideology:

There is nothing in either of these pieces indicated what either the owner or the guards think about either Michael Brown or Darren Wilson.  They might think the decision was a travesty of justice, they might think Brown was a thug or Wilson is a murderer (or both as they are not mutually exclusive) but none of that mattered, their friend was in trouble and the politics of the issue had no bearing.

4.  The 2nd amendment works wonders:

If this was Washington DC or Chicago this gas station and store would be a pile of ashes because these men would not have been armed and if our friends on the left had their way they would be.

Perhaps rather than deploying the national guard local businesses should have hired a few people with a shotgun or two.

Expect this story to get very little play in the MSM, as it attacks one of their cherished memes

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As president Obama prepares to create a unilateral amnesty for who choose to violate immigration law I say why stop there?

How many times have we read about people who are in prison for bogus gun charges or through tax laws that are used to go after people for political reasons.

There are OSHA fines slowing down business, FEMA fines, the EPA picking on people and businesses who dare to consider humans more important than turtles.

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Amazing how many people discover the importance of the 2nd Amendment when something like #ferguson takes place:

It’s worth noting the body language of the woman conducting the interview.

Via Bryan Preston at PJ Media. This is the reason why it’s rather short-sighted to sign or vote away your 2nd amendment or any of your rights, you never know when you might find you have a need for them.  As John Adams put it:

Cities may be rebuilt, and a People reduced to Poverty, may acquire fresh Property: But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever.

Never forget without the 2nd Amendment the first amendment is just words.

Update: Exhibit B

The latest in our series of posts that will not surprise any person who has been paying attention.

Today’s installment comes a post from Granite Grok & a tweet from Boston Bridget on the Elections in NH.

While the GOP was winning Governorships in Illinois, Maryland and even Massachusetts and Republican Senate Candidates were winning every senate seat in sight at the very same time Maggie Hassan was beating Walt Havenstein holding the Governorship and Scott Brown was losing to Jeanne Shaheen.

Mind you they managed to do this at the same time that Republican increased their majority in the state Senate and won the House in the state going from 40 seats down to 70 seats up

So How did Havenstein manage to lose when the GOP was winning statewide? Granite Grok provides a clue

I can now tell the story – a meeting was set up, like back in 2010 with the leaders of the L&F wing of the Party with Papa Smurf (John Sununu Sr), for Havenstein. Walt arrived – and only 4 people were there instead of the scores that had been invited. Each and every one of them, including me, said “No apology, no support. We will not be used as cover; we will not be there”. It is my understanding that Havenstein was PISSED – he was the Nominee so how DARE he not get that support and stomped out redfaced when told the reasons. He assumed that votes would be there – you know what “assumed” means. A lack of Consistency.

 

Oddly it appears that if you use sexual slurs to describe your base and refuse to apologize said people choose not to show up and vote for you.

Unlike Haverstein Brown didn’t directly insult his voters but he did choose to emphasize positions his base hated:

Brown especially with his absolutely pandering in on-bended-knee-running to Shaheen’s Left on being “I’m more Pro-Choice than her!!!!” told another large group of normally Conservative Republicans “I don’t need you at ALL” – that would be the large Pro-Life voters to whom this issue IS their top issue if not their SINGLE issue when voting.

 

Mind you there were pragmatic people who tried for him. Boston Bridget is as pro-life as they come yet there wasn’t a person who worked harder to try and elect him north of the border but that didn’t move the faithful:

The Groksters come to a conclusion:

In each of these candidates, not maintaining a Consistency with their base cost them. It should show that trying to replace that base with another, and being very untransparent about it, failed to create a Trust and you both lost votes.

 

Yeah but a lot of high paid GOP consultant said otherwise, and we all know they know a whole lot more than a blogger in a Fedora and scarf.

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Don’t go to parties with metal detectors Sure it feels safe inside; but what about all those niggaz waitin outside with guns? They know you ain’t got one..

Chris Rock No Sex in the Champagne Room from the Album Bigger & Blacker

 

Seeing this headline at Hotair:

Pennsylvania man who had already shot one person to death stopped by doctor with gun

This excerpt (via Glenn) from a CS Monitor story:

The decision likely saved lives, police acknowledged. “If he [the doctor] wasn’t armed … this guy could have went out in the hallway and just walked down the offices until he ran out of ammunition,” Yeadon Police Chief Donald Molineux told media. 

And reading this commentary from Bob Owens:

Mercy Wellness Center is, of course, a “gun free zone,” though one that the patient and the doctor both chose to ignore. Plotts apparently ignored the signs prohibiting weapons because he was violently mentally ill and was intent on taking lives. Dr. Silverman apparently kept his handgun because he knows that people like Plotts exist and ignore silly signs.

Leads me to believe that rather than a regular viewer of Morning Joe & Morning Mika

For three months there was nothing else on the air. Every single day was a concentrated push on gun control, you could not go though a single day on CNN or MSNBC when the topic was not advanced. They screamed that 90% of the voters were behind it which is strange since senators generally go with the voters.

…Dr. Lee Silverman might have been a reader of Larry NivenJerry Pournelle, namely of their book  Escape From Hell

“And that one?” I pointed to a man up to his chin in boiling blood. He was screaming in agony so his face was distorted, but he looked Oriental.

“New one,” Billy said. “Seung, something like that. Went out and shot a bunch of people in the college he was at. Allen, it puzzles me that a man can shoot thirty-two full-grown men and women before the sheriff’s men gun him down. You’re more his time, maybe you can tell me. Why didn’t someone just shoot the son of a bitch?”

I scratched my head. Billy’s viewpoint seemed skewed, alien.

“Five of ‘em where teachers,” Billy said. “They had to protect their kids. How could they not be armed? It’s as if someone has been taking away their guns.”

I suspect a lot of Hospital workers in Philly alive today because he was more Billy & less Mika.

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We are going to sue your *** and your *****

South Park Trapped in the Closet 2005

 

There are many ways to look at the story of the Armed Robbery at The Pit:

Police are searching for three suspects involved in an armed robbery at Durham’s newly-opened barbecue restaurant, The Pit, at 321 W. Geer Street.

Authorities said just before 9 p.m. Sunday, three men wearing hoodies entered the restaurant through the back doors with pistols, and forced several staff members to lie on the floor.

One might look at it as Irony as the restaurant bans guns

Gunsnfreedom.com published a photograph of the sign on May 21, making “The Pit” restaurant a self-declared gun free zone–the same kind of zone Michael Bloomberg and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America pressure other restaurants into becoming.

Some see it as a warning for Chipolte:

If somebody is going to rob or shoot up a Chipotle, for instance, they’re not going to care that they cannot (or have been politely asked not to) bring a gun onto the premises.

Some have used it to note the difference between a restaurant and say, a state capital:

Does The Pit Authentic Barbecue offer the same level of armed security that the NC Legislature and the NC State Capitol offer?

Are there armed police officers hired to stand guard patrolling The Pit Authentic Barbecue the same way there are armed police officers hired to stand guard on the NC Legislative Building and the NC State Capitol?

I’ve yet to see anyone argue it as an affirmation of Chris Rock’s warning

Don’t go to parties with metal detectors Sure it feels safe inside; but what about all those niggaz waitin outside with guns? They know you ain’t got one..

As our media betters assure us all of these things can’t be true because banning guns is an unfailing guarantee of safety another explanation must be found and here it is

A clear case of product defect

the evidence

Take a close look at the anti-gun sign. See how it’s not just some generic “No Guns” sign the owner, Greg Hatem picked up down at the local sign emporium. No, these are custom jobs. He went out of his way to make custom signs to make sure we gun owners felt unwelcome.

Our friends on the left know that a proper “No Guns allowed” sign will automatically prevent any criminal from producing a gun.

But instead of getting a garden variety “No Guns Allowed” sign he got a specialty sign that likely was never produced tested.

So the obvious solution is an expensive lawsuit against the signmaker for providing a defective product.

Not only did these careless signmakers put lives at risk, which on occasion can be allowed for a good cause, but these careless signmakers risked a liberal meme.

And that must be punished:  Severely!

 

Update:  Maybe it’s a school funding problem

These men are victims of Republicans cutting funds to schools. How were these three victims of society supposed to obey a sign they couldn’t even read?

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Guess what company decided to give into the nervous left again

Chipotle is asking customers not to bring firearms into its stores after it says gun rights advocates brought military-style assault rifles into one of its restaurants in Texas.

The Denver-based company notes that it has traditionally complied with local laws regarding open and concealed firearms.

But in a statement Monday, the company said that “the display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers.”

I am not a restaurant owner nor do I ever plan on opening one but I have two bits of excellent advice for them.

1. Before you react in the culture wars give a call to some of the people who have regretted that decision: (Hi Sun Trust!).

2. Before you do something to anger part of your customer base, perhaps permanently ask yourself his question:  Is Chipotle really so unique and so tasty that the customer base it angers will not be able to get a meal they will enjoy at a compatible price or lower elsewhere?

Choose wisely guys and remember this, if Chipotle disappeared tomorrow people would notice for a week and then not care.

 

A lot of angst has been made about last weekends shooting spree in Chicago (45 people shot). The Democrat Governor of Illinois called for more gun control on Morning Joe and on the same show Al Sharpton bemoaned the lack of gang leaders with who a deal could be made (although somehow pols seem to find those leaders come election day.)

If you want to know the actual solution to this problem, I suggest listening to what Garry McCarthy the police superintendent had to say as quoted by the Daily Beast.

Until we do something about guns, don’t expect things to change overnight

No not that quote, that’s the same message that the left has been crying for decade to no effect, I meant what he said afterwards (emphasis mine):

McCarthy noted that Chicago cops have seized 1,500 illegal guns so far this year, but the people caught with the weapons are all too often back on the street all too soon.

“It’s like running on a hamster wheel,” McCarthy said of the effort to grapple with the problem. “We’re drinking from a fire hose, seizing these guns, and people are back out on the street. They’re not learning that carrying a firearm is going to have a serious impact on their lives.

Hold on, you mean to say that you aren’t putting away people who are carrying guns illegally?

If you don’t go to jail for gun possession, you continue to carry guns,” McCarthy said. “You continue to carry guns, and people get shot.”

Is Mr. McCarthy actually trying to insinuate that in a place where the gun laws are historically strict they are unable to put folks away for violating them?

The truth is Mr. McCarthy knows the solution, the problem is not the guns it’s the criminal thugs and if you want to stop them from carrying firearms illegally it might just be a good idea prosecute those offenses rather than plea bargaining them away.

You want a tough new gun law Mr McCarthy, here is one I can back:

No punishment for a felony firearms offenses in the Illinois involving incarceration shall be served concurrently with incarceration for any other offense said offender is convinced of, nor shall any jail time for a felony firearms offense be subject to reduction for “good time” or parole.

I’ll wager the NRA would back that.

Don’t start talking new gun restrictions till we see the result of enforcing the laws you’ve got:

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‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’
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Justice John Paul Stevens upcoming book Six Amendments How and Why We Should Change the Constitution has produced plenty of pieces from the Washington Post’s The five extra words that can fix the Second Amendment to Steve Eggleston’s Six reasons why I’m glad John Paul Stevens is no longer an active judge.

While opinions on the retired Justice’s Democrat wish list generally follow one’s political allegiance,  I think folks are missing the real significance of Justice Stevens’ work.

By declaring the constitution needs phrases allowing the restriction of money as a form of speech, limiting the reach of the 10th & 11th amendments, specifying the death penalty as cruel & unusual punishment and explicitly stating the right to bear arms exists only for the purpose of a militia he is in effect declaring, in a very public way, that no matter how much he might wish it did,  the constitution as written doesn’t do any of these things.

Whatever Justice Stevens purpose in writing his book, the essential effect of this volume is to give all those who wish to advance conservative jurisprudence a powerful argument against the left’s quest to substitute liberal opinion for the Constitution’s carefully chosen words and highly debated words.

I’m simply delighted and I thank the Justice, he has unwittingly done conservatism a great service.

Update: Hogewash links and points to a Clayton Cramer at PJ Media that is worth your time.

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It’s been said the Administration has been less than enthused about the revolt in Ukraine.

Well if they didn’t care for the Ukrainian revolt before after this bit:

Today every citizen of Ukraine understands why our country has hundreds of thousands of policemen. Last illusions were crushed when riot police used rubber batons and boots at the Independence Square on peaceful citizens.

After such actions we realize that it is not enough to only adopt the Gun Law.

As of today Ukrainian Gun Owners Association will start to work on the preparation of amendments to the Constitution, which will provide an unconditional right for Ukrainian citizens to bear arms.

People should have the right to bear arms, which will be put in written into the Constitution.

I very much doubt the Obama Administration will be rushing to climb onboard.

Via Director Blue

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Let me give Governor Andrew Cuomo a lesson in cause and effect.

When you make statements like this:

Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.

it won’t matter to gun manufacturers if you’re running an ad like this:

because, with that first statement in mind, That ad will play like this speech…

…to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan

leading to this end result:

Remington Outdoor Co. plans to open a 500,000-square-foot factory in Alabama that would employ 2,000 people, AL.com and the Military Times reported today.

How much money does that mean your state missed out on…

“The company is making the move as an expansion of capacity, production and research,” a source told Yellowhammer on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. “The demand for Remington products has skyrocketed recently, for obvious reasons, so they need to increase their production capacity. They will be expanding their research capabilities with the Alabama plant, too.”

The initial estimated impact on Alabama’s economy will be roughly $87 million.

…that’s a lot.  While the Cuomo team spins:

others are cheering:

“I’d be more than excited, hysterical, yes I’d be very excited,” said Robby Easterling at JC’s Guns and Tackle. Easterling said it doesn’t surprise him that Remington may have its eye on Huntsville. ”They know we believe in our 2nd Amendment rights and we stand by them.”

laughing:

Governor Cuomo and his civilian disarmament allies have some ‘splainin’ to do.

And casting blame:

A union official said Saturday the Remington Arms Co.’s decision to open a manufacturing plant in Alabama does not bode well for Ilion, and he’s blaming New York’s SAFE Act restrictions on assault weapons. “It can’t be good,” said Fran Madore, president of United Mine Workers Local 717, which represents 1,180 of the 1,300 Remington employees in Ilion. “How can it be good?”

at those who ignored this warning in 2012

“Mandating firearms micro- stamping will restrict the ability of Remington to expand business in the Empire State,” company chief strategy officer Stephen Jackson Jr. wrote to Cuomo. “Worse yet, Remington could be forced to reconsider its commitment to the New York market altogether rather than spend the astronomical sums of money needed to completely reconfigure our manufacturing and assembly processes.” Jackson insisted that law enforcement, gun retailers and “law-abiding consumers throughout New York — if not the entire country” would be directly affected. Senate bill sponsor Jose Peralta dismissed Remingtons warning as “just another tactic being used to try and block microstamping, which is supported by many crime-fighters.”

which came true:

The report said Alabama’s reputation as a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights was a factor in the decision.

As Larry Keane put it:

Now it’s true, Remington hasn’t moved their current jobs in NY, but once there is a brand new plant operating in Alabama it won’t be very hard for do so, will it?

But it’s no big deal who needs those Pro-Gun conservatives in NY Anyway,  plus you don’t want the people of NY to become job locked do you?

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Harry: Oh, dear, Edmund: The Archbishop of Canterbury has met with the most tragic accident! There seems to be some confusion, but I think I’ve fathomed out on how it came about.

Edmund: Yes, I think I’ve got a pretty shrewd idea myself.

Black Adder The Archbishop 1983

Capt Blackadder:  I remember Mattingburg’s most famous case, the case of the bloody knife. A man was found next to a murdered body, he had the knife in his hand, thirteen witnesses that seen him stab the victim, when the police arrived he said, “I’m glad I killed the bastard.” Mattingburg not only got him off, but he got him knighted in the New Year’s Honors list, and the relatives of the victim had to pay to have the blood washed out of his jacket.

Blackadder Goes Forth Corporal Punishment 1989

As I was writing yesterday’s piece concerning Communism and the clash between Stacy McCain & Jesse Myerson something about the exchange seemed hauntingly familiar.

You had a young person whose entire experience of reality via the liberal educational/media complex vs an older man experienced in the history of the world and the actual reality of what people have said and done both opining on the same subject Communism.

The youth expresses an idealized version of a philosophy detached from the blood it is soaked in and tags those who would point to the ocean of red with the epitaph McCarthyite!   Meanwhile the elder not only details the history of Communism showing the bodies but also notes the declarations of the founds of said philosophy detailing the necessity of those deaths.

The left’s silence in the sanitizing of the philosophy  that has spilled more blood than any other in the last 100 years is less confusing if you watched the left’s favorite network, NBC describe Russia’s Soviet Past as

The revolution that birthed one of modern history’s pivotal experiments.

George Orwell, call your office. As he wrote in “Politics and the English Language,” in 1946, such euphemisms are “designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable,” and certainly describing Communism as “one of modern history’s pivotal experiments” fits the bill in spades. 

While the attempt to divorce the history, actions and blood of a philosophy and the labeling of any pushback against said attempt as “McCarthyism” (complete with automatic  twitter bot) is a rather horrifying offense against reality, it is no surprise to people like Pam Geller & Robert Spencer who have been dealing with this reality for over a decade in the case of Radical Islam.

Pam has painstakingly detailed the repression of free speech   under Islam, Islamic violence & terror attempts in the USIslam’ treatment of religious minorities and through the AFDI/SIOA Pro-Israel Bus Campaign has put her money where her mouth is.

The result of linking to stories like this:

A Somali cabdriver was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for his role in a broader San Diego-based conspiracy to provide material and logistical support to the Islamic terrorist group, al-Shabaab.

Ahmed Nasir Taalil Mohamud from Anaheim was the last of four defendants to be sentenced in connection with the conspiracy that sought to transfer funds to al-Shabaab through a now- defunct hawala or money-transmitting business system in San Diego, the Shidaal Express.

and this:

A Minnesota man tried under a cybercrimes law in the United Arab Emirates has been found guilty and sentenced to one year in prison after posting a parody video about youth culture in Dubai.

that the media would rather ignore and asking aloud questions like this:

where are the mass marches of “moderate” Muslims in the country, denouncing the sharia and its vicious blasphemy laws?

Where is the big, brash left in America? Where are Colbert and Stewart? Penn and Belafonte? And the feeble campaigns that I have seen make no mention of the sharia — the reason that this young man was jailed. If they won’t talk about why and how he was jailed, how can they hope to change things?

Where is the Obama administration?

to a press that would rather remain silent, she is tagged as “crazy” or an “islamophobe” and the target of insults from the left and some on the right as well.

Likewise when Robert Spencer presents Islam as it is taught to Muslims:

It is good that a Muslim, Asma Uddin, is standing for religious liberty, but she is doing so in defiance of her own religious tradition. Muhammad himself commanded: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). This is still the position of all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence, both Sunni and Shi’ite. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the most renowned and prominent Muslim cleric in the world, has stated: “The Muslim jurists are unanimous that apostates must be punished, yet they differ as to determining the kind of punishment to be inflicted upon them. The majority of them, including the four main schools of jurisprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi`i, and Hanbali) as well as the other four schools of jurisprudence (the four Shiite schools of Az-Zaidiyyah, Al-Ithna-`ashriyyah, Al-Ja`fariyyah, and Az-Zaheriyyah) agree that apostates must be executed.” There is only disagreement over whether the law applies only to men, or to women also – some authorities hold that apostate women should not be killed, but only imprisoned in their houses until death.

Cairo’s Al-Azhar University, the most prestigious and influential institution in the Sunni world, certifies as a reliable guide to the practice and faith of the orthodox Sunni Muslim community a manual of Islamic law that states: “When a person who has reached puberty and is sane voluntarily apostatizes from Islam, he deserves to be killed” (Reliance of the Traveller o8.1). Although the right to kill an apostate is reserved in Islamic law to the leader of the community and other Muslims can theoretically be punished for taking this duty upon themselves, in practice a Muslim who kills an apostate needs to pay no indemnity and perform no expiatory acts (as he must in other kinds of murder cases under classic Islamic law). This accommodation is made because killing an apostate “is killing someone who deserves to die” (Reliance of the Traveller o8.4).

and bluntly repeats words like these

from a top Muslim Cleric saying: “If they had gotten rid of the apostasy punishment Islam wouldn’t exist today” or links to  documents like this:

An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America

Discussing radical Islams plans for the US in their own words Invariably he is critiqued not for the facts that he lays out but that he is “controversial” or a “hatemonger

Just like Stacy’s critiques of Communism, the attempt is not made to dispute facts but to attack the messenger who brings those facts to the debate.

I would invite those who consider Pam Geller &  Robert Spencer a “hatemonger” or “controversial” to watch Spencer’s debate with Peter Kreeft

And those afraid of Pam Geller to watch this

or watch this or this or any of the speeches and panels that I have recorded in person with Pam & or Robert and consider the truth of what is said about them.

So when Stacy asks this damning question of the educational system that produced Myerson and says

Only in such an environment could a self-declared communist like Jesse Myerson be permitted to propagate a neo-Bolshevik vision without being criticized by any prominent liberal.

Where are the anti-communist liberals? Why have we seen no latter-day “Scoop Jackson Democrat” types warning against the dangers of backsliding toward discredited Marxist errors?

Where is the 21st-century Jeanne Kirkpatrick to sound the alarm?

I’d have to replay:  Why would you expect them to exist? 

The same people who remain in denial about the history and reality of communism are the ones in denial about radical Islam.  They are no different than Prince Harry in this this Exchange from the first season of Blackadder that I quoted in part above:

Prince Harry: You see, Archbishop Godfrey was coming out of the Duke of Winchester’s
room–

Prince Edmund Blackadder: …who had just died, leaving all his lands to the Church?

Prince Harry:  Well, as a matter of fact, yes.

Blackadder: And so the King was really after his blood, presumably.

Prince Harry:   Well, I dare say, but the point of the matter is that, at that moment, round the corner, came Sir (Tabbis?) Mortimer.

Blackadder:: The King’s hired killer…

Prince Harry:   No, no, no. Mortimer — that tall, rather striking fellow with no ears.

Prince Edmund Blackadder:  Yes, that’s him.

Prince Harry:   Well, he saw the Archbishop and rushed towards him with his head bowed, in order to receive his blessing, and, er, unfortunately, killed him stone dead.

Prince Edmund Blackadder:   How?

Prince Harry:   Mortimer was wearing a Turkish helmet.

Blackadder:  Oh, I see, yes — one of those with the two feet spike coming out of the top?

Prince Harry:   It’s one of those things they normally use for butting their enemies in the stomach and..

Both Harry & Blackadder:   killing them stone dead.

Blackadder: Yes, so, presumably he’d forgotten he was wearing it.

Prince Harry:  Well, do you know, that’s exactly what the poor fellow had done!  A tragic accident…tragic.

It takes curiosity and courage to stand up to a culture of official denial backed up by money, epithets and in some cases threats,

Thank you for your invitation to me to become a Muslim and wield my sword against the enemies of Allah. But I’m afraid I must decline. While I appreciate the fact that becoming your “brother in Islam” might afford me a measure of personal security that I do not enjoy today, some things are more important than that. I cannot and will not give in to violent intimidation, come what may, and I do not want to live in a society that bows to such intimidation.

I believe that societies that respect the equality of rights before the law of all people, including women and religious minorities, as well as the freedom of conscience, are superior to those that do not. I hope that such societies will be able to summon the will to resist you and your “invitation” in all its implications before it is too late.

There is a reason why you will always see security around Spencer & Geller.  Given that fact is it any wonder that so few have the courage to stand up and be counted?

It goes without saying that Stacy , Pam, Robert & myself will not be in the running for these awards given New Haven High school

Marks and all the awardees praised the vision and work of the Communist Party in their communities. The event was held on the occasion of the CPUSA’s 94th anniversary.

Former state Senator Ed Gomes, a steelworker, state representative Edwin Vargas, a teacher, and Laurie Kennington, president of Local 34 clerical and technical workers at Yale all accepted large framed posters of the Amistad statue that stands in front of New Haven City Hall, cheered on by family, friends, co-workers, elected officials and union and community leaders

but I’ll wager Jesse Myerson will be in the running.

Update 2:
I’m not the first to make this connection:

Citing Stalin (circa 1949) as the contemporary personification, Monnerot elaborated on this totalitarian consolidation (“condensation”) of power shared by Islam and Communism, and the refusal of these universalist creeds to accept limits on their “frontiers.”

Update 3: It’s Everybody write about commie’s day. The Lonely conservative:

What I find interesting is how those who write off the Soviet regime as just some failed “experiment” have more compassion for lab rats in real experiments than communism’s victims.

Daily Pundit:

Myerson is trying to explicate an ideological and/or moral reason for it being okay for the state to take your stuff for its own purposes. Such justifications always founder in the face of human nature. If you apply enough force (terror) you can sometimes get away with this sort of state-sponsored armed robbery for a long while, if by “getting away with it” means sowing the seeds for your own destruction.

Because in the real world, in actual practice, human vengeance always plays a role. Ask any number of murderous, thieving tyrants who ended up choking on their own blood at the hands of their victims.

And the Blaze which closes its piece thus:

I am willing to bet that it was mostly entrepreneurs who were responsible for the creation of all nearly all of those venues. Even library books are made by evil corporations. However Myerson feels about capitalism and its relationship to art, there is no denying that capitalism facilitates a lot of art exposure. Who the hell had ever heard of The Beatles before they met a record producer and signed a contract? Also, I can’t say I really care too much for the art they produced in the Soviet Union.

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A few days ago we commented on how the Arapahoe shooting suddenly seemed to disappear from the cable news shows.  This didn’t change even after the horrible news that young Claire Davis has died of her wounds.

While I commented on several factors I skipped the most important, the political one.

The left media and Michael Bloomberg went all in on gun control after Newtown. You saw millions of dollars spent all over the country to promote gun control and legislators who would support it.

The end result was disastrous for the left, three successful recalls in Colorado against pro-gun control senators that millions of dollars of campaign cash wasn’t able to stop. The democrats had to resort to a resignation to preserve their majority.

Several Democratic lawmakers conceded that a recall election would have served as a distraction during the 2014 session for them and for Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is up for re-election.

And if voters in Hudak’s district had voted to oust her and replaced her with a Republican, the GOP would have gained control of the Senate by one seat. Democrats now have only an 18-17 majority over Republicans, thanks to the successful recalls of Morse and Giron, who were replaced by Republicans.

Under Colorado law, Hudak’s successor will be a member of her own party.

And the damage wasn’t limited to Colorado.  In NH the listing the Terrorist Bomber of the Boston Marathon as a “gun victim by Bloomberg’s group” had Nashua’s mayor running them running away as fast as her legs could carry them, and the GOP had 300 protesters in the Snow and cold protesting one of their own, Scott Brown in the same city this week.  In congress gun control crashed and burned and Senator Joe Manchin noted it’s not likely to go anywhere:

“Hopefully, we’d have a few (lawmakers who voted against it) that would maybe reconsider,” Manchin said on CNN’s “State of the Union. “I’m not going to force anybody or make anybody uncomfortable. They all have to live with themselves and go back home and explain their vote.”

“So it’s going to be difficult to get the extra votes that we need,” Manchin said.

Bottom line going after guns is a political loser for the left and as long as that is true Gun issues in general and the Arapahoe shooting in particular no longer has potential to elect democrats…

…and thus no value to the MSM.

Update: Corrected redundant sentence at the end.

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El Cid 1961

Mr. Spock: I fail to see why you do not understand us. You yourself have stated the need for unity of authority on this planet. We agree.

Bella Oxmyx: Yeah, but I got to be the unity.

Star Trek A Piece of the Action 1968

Yesterday I headed up to Nashua NH to cover the scheduled 2nd Amendment protest against the Scott Brown candidacy (let’s not pretend it was just a 2nd Amendment meeting). On my way I decided to hit the only Chick-Fil-A in the state (one of two in NE) for a quick bite:

(A & E might want to take notes there)

I got to Nashua center around 4 PM and noticed right away Parking was going to be an issue. There was a suited gentleman digging out spots behind the building. I spoke to a police sergeant who told me my best was to use a municipal garage about 200 yards and 4 blocks away.

As I headed back to my car to move it I ran into a person from WMUR channel 9 who had pulled aside next to me. He told me the 2nd Amendment protesters would be across the street and a 2nd group of democrats protesting Brown would be in the parking lot at the side.

He commented that the 2nd Amendment folks weren’t able to get a permit but were coming anyway, we both agreed we had no idea where anyone was going to park.

10 Min later after parking down the road I started the walk over to the area, passing by the Jeanne Shaheen office on the way

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The Hunt Building was a couple of blocks farther up

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I noticed an old barber shop across the street unfortunately there was an issue with the camera and the recording I made didn’t take but the Barber took notice, he agreed to an interview but first I wanted to get to the area where the protest would be.

At 4:30 (an hour before it was scheduled) there were about a half-dozen protesters there and the sun was already down and I interviewed the Patriot Pastor dressed in colonial garb and carrying a musket.

I then headed back to the Barber shop and interviewed the barber who gave me his take on 50 years at that location:

After the interview I headed back to the protest area the sidewalks were already icy and I nearly fell on the way, by then there were about 8 or 9 folks.

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I then talked to one of the Granite Grok crowd (one of three who would eventually arrive.

It seemed to me the odds were against this protest, there was no place to stand, the green had several issues of snow made hard by several cold days, there was no place to park and it being December 19th the chances of building a noticeable crowd seemed slim but people kept coming…

and they were bringing some very interesting homemade signs

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The Crowd kept growing and pretty soon there were was a mass of humanity that ended up both at the Monument and across the street at the corner of Hunt building

And it kept growing, the signs got more and more creative:

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And they had to get creative to make more space. My hand count of the crowd kept rising

The crowd hit 100 then 150, soon the crowd was over 200 and on two corners and the worry I mentioned in the last video must have hit the Brown people because shortly a group of well dressed college age kids suddenly showed up at the opposite corner where some of the anti-brown folks had already gathered carrying pre-printed “Run Scott Run” signs.

I crossed the street and asked if anyone would be interviewed. At first they declined (shades of Mitt Romney in Concord in 2011) but Jake Wagner of the College Republicans, who made it a point to say he was not with the others, talked to me

I then interviewed one of the anti-brown protesters who they gathered around

He was much less surprised than me and invoked Dick Swett who was promptly voted out of office in NH after a vote against the 2nd Amendment.

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Meanwhile people were trickling into the front door. There was a fair amount of police deployed but the said everyone was behaving well, their main concerning was keeping the massive crowd on the side-walk and making sure nobody got killed crossing the street at that every busy intersection with the four-way light.

I crossed back over and discovered that the half a dozen democrat protestors had joined the 2nd amendment crowd (I actually recognized some of the signs I had seen them during the Warren campaign)

I interviewed one of them

My hand count was already up to 228 (not counting the leftists) and as some of the folks on the left departed they left their signs for others

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I headed back to the corner to cross and get a shot of the Run Scott Run group but by then the 8-10 of them had gone inside, but one of the announced GOP candidates Author Andy Martin had a sign promoting himself

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He counted 75 people max inside at that point where he and Dennis who I interviewed earlier both noticed something I had not about a difference between the sign for the Brown event:

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and those Run Scott Run signs

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Namely something that was missing…

Nobody had apparently taken ownership of the Brown signs. I think it would be interesting to see who paid for those signs and took ownership?

Dennis noted that the people holding the signs were VERY sensitive about his suggestion that they had been paid, but didn’t deny it.  That’s an interesting question too. (Later that night I spoke to an active GOP activist who was not at either protest who said they were giving away the tickets to the Brown event to try to fill the hall.

Back across the street I ran into Skip from Granite Grok who was covering the speakers, we interviewed each other.

I also noticed a familiar face from the GOP presidential debates, one of the Ron Paul folks who opposed Brown over the Nat defense authorization act.

But the main focus remained the 2nd Amendment as evidenced by the speakers.  My count had reached 300 which was simply astounding.

By 7:30 I had been outside for 3 hours I ducked inside a pizza place two blocks down to import some videos and get a bite, as I came out people were starting to leave the Brown event and one gentleman Craig Powers bearing a book agreed to talk.

Brown’s speech was about common ground. Craig believes Brown is necessary due to changing demographics but I’m thinking the better move is to advance conservatism and convince people  rather than get a less conservative candidate and run away from your party.

Back across the street “GOP Senate Candidate Karen Testerman who had attended the Brown event was now with the 2nd Amendment people, one of only two or three people who attended both.

Full disclosure, if I had a NH vote Karen would be my candidate.

Why the GOP establishment would not want to support a minority woman whose strongly conservative is beyond me.

As everyone was leaving I noticed Marilinda Garcia leaving the Brown event, despite the late hour and her not being dressed for the cold she stopped to speak to me. As a candidate for Congress she was properly diplomatic about the Senate Race.

She pooh poohed the sexist attacks on her but pointed out those attacks is why it’s hard to get women to run for the GOP. My opinion is it’s the lack of consequence or denunciation of those attacks by the MSM when they are targeted at GOP women is the real culprit.

Why she is not promoted more by the GOP nationally more makes not sense to me either.

By 8:15 things were all over and I began the walk back to the car

What I took away from all of this:

1. If you are drawing 300 people standing out in the cold on Dec 19th to protest Scott Brown how many are going to show up when the weather is warmer and they don’t have to stomp down the snow to make room for people to stand.

2. The Scott Brown plan is the Mitt Romney plan, make sure enough conservative candidates are in the race to win a primary with 30% of the vote.

3. If Brown is the nominee the BEST CASE if the NH GOP is this:

There will be a 3rd party 2nd amendment candidate and every single GOP candidate running for state office will be asked that 2nd Amendment question concerning Brown putting them in an impossible position with the people they will need to win.

The worst case scenario:

There will be a permanent 3rd party (NH Conservative republicans) that will draw the activists, the libertarians etc which will either replace or permanently replace the GOP in the state.

And I believe when (I don’t think it’s an if anymore) this happens that party will spread across the country and tear the GOP apart state by state.

The most amazing thing, all of this is completely avoidable but I’m rapidly coming to the conclusion that the GOP would rather be a minority party of the “right” people than win a majority with the uncouth tea party.

I can’t think of anything more foolish for a political party.

The full photo gallery follows my pitch

Update: the Politico report cuts the Anti-Brown crowd by almost 2/3 but maybe they didn’t keep an eye out the outside crowd

Simkin was among the people, most clad in orange hunting gear and a few carrying guns, who stood in a dark and snowy park to tell the ex-Massachusetts senator that they don’t want him to run for Senate. They singled out his support for a federal assault weapons ban, his opposition to a national conceal-and-carry law and the endorsement he received from gun-control proponent New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg last year.

Inside the building, Brown continued to stoke speculation about his intentions, which have morphed in a matter of weeks from being widely viewed as attention-grabbing antics to he’s-actually-likely-to-do-this serious. Brown made no news in the speech, which was closed to the press.

But he impressed a crowd of 90 donors as he talked about his move to New Hampshire and touted the importance of retail campaigning, attendees said afterward.

The left has to be dancing over this.

Update 2:  Some Statements from Senator Brown:

I am looking forward to being close to my mom as she gets older and needs assistance from my sister and me. I am also looking forward to being closer to my immediate and extended family.

Once we get settled, we will do what many other people have done upon moving into New Hampshire. We will register to vote, get new licenses and enjoy the fact that there is no income or sales tax in New Hampshire.

That frankly is no different most of the people who leave Massachusetts.  the Roll Call has more
Still, the former Bay State senator is headlining the New Hampshire GOP’s holiday fundraiser Thursday evening. It’s just the latest in a series of political appearances for Brown in recent months, as national Republicans actively recruit him to challenge Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

Now it’s certainly going to be Brown personal advantage to keep the National GOP wanting more, it will allow him to fund raise and get his feel in the state but the longer this goes on the more likely he will starve off the funds of other potential GOP candidates.

That’s the Catch 22  Brown’s best chance in a GOP primary is a crowded field but the longer he delay’s announcing the more likely he will face only a single opponent that the anti-brown forces can rally against, frankly the best chance for the GOP to win this seat is for Senator Brown to announce that he is not running and do while there is still time for the existing candidates to to get things moving.

Meanwhile the National GOP meddling will have the net effect of longterm disaster for the party in the state.

Swell.

Update 3:  Nashua Patch’s coverage

Also on hand was Gary Lambert, a Republican candidate for Congress, who said he’s “a big tent kind of guy,” and while he would be joining the Brown event as a supporter, he first wanted to stand outside with his fellow gun rights activists.

The smartest thing Senator Brown could have done was follow suit.

Update 4: Hotair and Jazz Shaw is on it but doesn’t see the danger.

Update 5:  A Delayed Instalanche 4 to go to catch Johnson

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It’s Friday and we have only managed $133 of the $340 goal for the week with two days to go in my payweek.

8 tip jar hits at $25 will make a full paycheck.  13 are needed to get me back on the pace to pay for both the Magnificent Seven and the mortgage.

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The good folks who support the 2nd Amendment in NH have a protest scheduled at the same time as Scott Brown’s “Holiday Party” (which “Holiday”, Arbor day?) at 5:30 at the HUNT MEMORIAL BUILDING 6 Main Street, Nashua, NH .  This event is going to be a call to oppose any candidate of any party who is anti second Amendment.

There is an impressive line up sponsoring this event according to Granite Grok including:

 The New Hampshire Firearms Coalition, Gun Owners of NH, Second Amendment Sisters, Republican Liberty Caucus, Several State Legislators and several of NH’s leading Sporting Clubs

But as it’s Christmas Time, the season for giving they decided it was proper to give a gift and they have a special one for one lucky attendee an AR-15!

Here is how you win (again via Granite Grok)

1) COME TO THIS EVENT!
2)WEAR BLAZE ORANGE
3) FILL OUT AN ENTRY FORM
4) BE PRESENT TO WIN!

and, MOST IMPORTANTLY…winner MUST be eligible to receive a NON-MASSACHUSETTS COMPLIANT AR-15 RIFLE. That’s right, this firearm CANNOT BE SOLD OR TRANSFERRED to a RESIDENT of Massachusetts or ANY OTHER state that restricts the size of magazines or the features on a firearm such as flash suppressors and collapsible stocks. We only raffle off guns that have the features Massachusetts based politicians like Scott Brown would prohibit if given the opportunity. The firearm will be transferred by Riley’s in FULL COMPLIANCE with (THIS) state’s and federal laws.

I guess I won’t be winning a Christmas gift for my Godson in Massachusetts but I can still cover the story.

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Olimometer 2.52

It’s Thursday and the good news the ball has moved.

The bad news it only moved $4.

Don’t get me wrong every little bit helps but as of today we’re still $219 shy of this week’s goal and a full $340 short to keep pace this month’s goal.

9 $25 Tip jar hits will solve the 1st problem, 14 will solve the second but any hit will move us closer to both goals. But will we get them?

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If there was ever a shooting that the media should have jumped all over it was Arapahoe.

The ducks were all seemingly in a row. Here you had a shooting in Colorado at a high school just eight miles from Columbine, taking place right after there was a big change in gun laws and the recall of Senators who voted for them.

This shooting was practically made to order for the Gun control crowd to charge forward with flags flying and drums beating.

The relative silence of the media on this is so deafening so atypical that the question becomes….What’s going on here?

Well there are two facts that have really inhibited those who would normally be beating their breasts and parading this before all the nation.

1. The Shooter:

To a media just waiting to report on Tea Party violence the initial reports of him as politically active had potential, alas he had the wrong enemies:

In one Facebook post, Pierson attacks the philosophies of economist Adam Smith, who through his invisible-hand theory pushed the notion that the free market was self-regulating. In another post, he describes himself as “Keynesian.”

“I was wondering to all the neoclassicals and neoliberals, why isn’t the market correcting itself?” he wrote. “If the invisible hand is so strong, shouldn’t it be able to overpower regulations?”

Pierson also appears to mock Republicans on another Facebook post, writing “you republicans are so cute” and posting an image that reads: “The Republican Party: Health Care: Let ’em Die, Climate Change: Let ’em Die, Gun Violence: Let ’em Die, Women’s Rights: Let ’em Die, More War: Let ’em Die. Is this really the side you want to be on?”

and this:

Senior Chris Davis, 18, was among many students Saturday trying to make sense of Pierson’s shooting rampage.

“He was a weird kid,” Davis said. “He’s a self-proclaimed communist, just wears Soviet shirts all the time.”

Pierson became easily aggravated, “always liked to be right” and didn’t like losing, Davis said.

In fact the Denver Post article had him described as a socialist before that line was scrubbed As RB pundit put it:

He was pretty much right.

But even a leftist with a gun is still a bad guy with a gun.  The Media could have still spun this, but if the political proclivities weren’t enough to bury this story for the left a second factor was:

2. The Armed Guard

Granite Grok’s post on the latest school shooting was titled thus:

The Reason the Arapahoe School Shooting Lasted Only 80 Seconds

It was not only short the causality count was low.  In their reporting on the shooting the Christian Science Monitor noted why.

As they investigate the latest school shooting in the United States – Friday at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo. – one thing is clear to law enforcement officials there: The presence of an armed deputy sheriff on regular duty at the school was the key factor in preventing more deaths and injuries.

What Armed guards as a solution to the problem?  The Independent Journal has more:

Although it may seem like our society is becoming more violent, gun violence in America has dropped almost 40% since 1993, according to the Department of Justice. Sadly, school shootings will happen regardless of public policy. And the fact that schools are “gun-free” zones makes them easy targets for criminals seeking to inflict harm on innocent Americans. So, are armed guards the answer?

It prevented further loss of life at Arapahoe High.  Newtown adopted armed guards in their school district after Sandy Hook. Last January, a majority of Americans were comfortable with the idea – and that sentiment hasn’t changed.

I suggested armed folks a year ago yesterday when the NRA made that suggestion the media scoffed and insulted them.

Now they are just silent.

As I’ve said over and over again, simple mathematics suggests that sooner or later the media will get the tea party shooter they want and parade him before the nation for weeks on end.

We just don’t know how many of the current members of the media will still be alive by the time it actually happens?

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Olimometer 2.52

It’s Thursday and the good news the ball has moved.

The bad news it only moved $4.

Don’t get me wrong every little bit helps but as of today we’re still $219 shy of this week’s goal and a full $340 short to keep pace this month’s goal.

9 $25 Tip jar hits will solve the 1st problem, 14 will solve the second but any hit will move us closer to both goals.  But will we get them?

Help keep us moving by hitting DaTipJar below.

We are only 59 1/4 new subscribers at $20 a month to cover both the Mortgage and the Magnificent Seven without a daily shake of DaTipJar all year.

The Breaking of the 60 subscriber barrier is a great leap but not as great as the ability to know the Mortgage & Magnificent Seven are going to be pain in full on the 1st instead of on the 30th.

Give yourself a Christmas present that will inform and entertain you 365 days a year in 2014. Subscribe below.




Because even if you have your own gun on your own property with a permit stuff like this happens:

A small business owner in Georgia was arrested for carrying a gun on his own property, the furniture store that he operates in Lithonia, GA. Although the man, Eric Lee, has a concealed carry permit from the state, his gun was still confiscated and he was arrested immediately when police showed up outside of his store one night.

And even after the judge throws out the case you still might remain unarmed

Despite over a year of attempting to reclaim his gun and the costs incurred from the arrest, however, judges have done little to respond to his requests.

Any questions?  (via Freedom Connector)

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Olimometer 2.52

Yesterday In the rush to shovel I forgot to make my lead pitch for DaTipJar to start the week (didn’t hit save) and it shows.

Sunday we only drew $2 toward our $340 weekly goal.

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In 1977 leader piece2the most innovative wargame ever made, Squad leader was released by Avalon Hill.

I wrote about it last year but for new readers let me bring you up to speed.

Squad leader unlike most wargames at the time dealt with soldiers on a small level most pieces representing 12 men with some pieces representing individual officers or non-cons leading them. With a set of composite boards it was possible to re-create almost every small action history leaving to a remarkable amount of expansions that would eventually become advanced Squad Leader and a phenom.

The real innovation was the morale system. If a unit lost its morale it could not move or fire until a leader moved over and successfully rallied it. It didn’t matter how many more men you had, if you were not able to rally the troops you were toast.

Politics is the same way, money is very important but if the people working on your campaign, the people who work the phone and knock on the doors believe the battle is lost, if their morale is gone, then it takes a miracle to overcome it rallied it.

Sometimes a poll can be that miracle or that dagger in the heart.

PPP knows this so when I read this:

We did a poll last weekend in Colorado Senate District 3 and found that voters intended to recall Angela Giron by a 12 point margin, 54/42. In a district that Barack Obama won by almost 20 points I figured there was no way that could be right and made a rare decision not to release the poll. It turns out we should have had more faith in our numbers because she was indeed recalled by 12 points.

concerning the results of the Colorado recall elections:

An epic national debate over gun rights in Colorado on Tuesday saw two Democratic state senators ousted for their support for stricter laws, a “ready, aim, fired” message intended to stop other politicians for pushing for firearms restrictions. Senate President John Morse and Sen. Angela Giron will be replaced in office with Republican candidates who petitioned onto the recall ballot.

I simply didn’t buy it.

There is no reason why PPP couldn’t have released the poll saying and note how these results did not reflect what they would expect they could have given details on the methodology or noted the same things they did later in the article:

We did find on the poll though that voters in the district had a favorable opinion of the NRA by a 53/33 margin. And I think when you see the final results what that indicates is they just did a good job of turning the election more broadly into do you support gun rights or are you opposed to them.

But they gave away the game in the next two sentence

If voters made their decision based on the actual pretty unobtrusive laws that Giron helped get passed, she likely would have survived. But the NRA won the messaging game and turned it into something bigger than it was- even if that wasn’t true- and Giron paid the price.

Ah you see the NRA are just a bunch of liars so naturally we aren’t going to release this poll showing their winning, particularly in such a pivotal race.

I certainly have no business complaining about misinterpreting polls from last year, but I made my case openly and took my lickings when wrong.

I’d respect PPP a lot more if they had been willing to do the same as Nate Silver himself put it:

Legal Insurrection asked the best question:

that’s a very good question, I wonder if they have a good answer?

While everyone is talking Syria an interesting video concerning the recall elections of the gun grabbers in Colorado:

Warner Todd Huston describes the scene:

In the video you see Democrats being accused of stuffing the ballot boxes with perhaps hundreds of illicit ballots dropped off when the election itself is supposed to be a walk-in vote only with only “hardship” ballots mailed in or dropped off early.

Hat tip to Ben Howe

I think the absentee ballot system is the easiest way to fix an election. What’s to stop a union guy leader from putting a ballot in front of someone and saying: fill this out and vote it or no work for you. How do you prove it?

Anyone surprised at this simply hasn’t been paying attention, Warner isn’t surprised

Figures, doesn’t it? Thieves and crooks will never change their spots and you can’t be a Democrat without those indelible spots in full bloom.

Gotta admit it the timing is smart for them, the whole country is looking elsewhere.

Are you a B & E man who is worried that you might be in danger because Colorado is a concealed Carry State?

Well have no fear, Oakwood Apartments in Castle Rock is for you:

As of October 1, residents cannot display, use, or possess any firearms or weapons of any kind, anywhere on the property.

Concealed Carry License? Hunters, no problem our new policies make sure that you as a second story man will be safe and secure on your job.

Harold “Fingers” Malloy spokesman of United Burgles and Second Story Men local 77 had this to say.

“Concealed Carry laws pose a serious hazard to our members who go to work every night just trying to make a living, we’re pleased to see Oakwood Apartments take the steps necessary to make sure our members can do their jobs with piece of mind.”

After all what the safety of some old used up vet when there are plenty of 2nd story men with mouths to feed?

Maybe James O’Keefe can provide the signs.

Update: Well that didn’t last long

The owner company of the Castle Rock apartments has thrown out the new policy created by the management company after holding an emergency meeting yesterday. They said they were unaware the management company had created this new policy and given that this is public housing, it’s most certainly unconstitutional to ban people from owning firearms in their homes.

What will the UBSSM local 77 say?

Lynch mob head: We’ll take them from here on, J.D.

J.D. Cahill: Just like that?

Lynch mob head: Just like that.

J.D. Cahill: Lightfoot, how far away would you say they are?

Lightfoot About 10, 12 feet.

J.D. Cahill: Make a good pattern for this buckshot Well, there’s no use prodding around. I’m willing to die trying to keep ’em. The question is, are you willing to die trying to take ’em?   Now I’m cold and hungry and wet and tired and short-tempered, so get on with it!…(pause) Hell, get out of my way!

Cahill US Marshall 1973

Yesterday Stacy McCain wrote a must read post that very accurately talks about the element that is missing from a community that was once populated by strong families and strong male role models but is largely populated by single parent families.

His long and powerful essay has me chomping at the bit to write my own on the subject but that’s a piece for another day, today I’ll focus on a specific bit at the beginning of his piece:

Frankly, after all the media hype about the potential of nationwide rioting if George Zimmerman wasn’t convicted — and all the protesters chanting “No Justice! No Peace!” — I was surprised the Baltimore Bolsheviks didn’t get their dream of a Marxist revolution. But that hasn’t happened yet and the only violence Saturday night was in Oakland

While his joke about Democrat voters is amusing there is something that struck me in what he said.

….the only violence Saturday night was in Oakland

and there was also some trouble in LA, but while it was easy to find protests with some angry faces and loud shouts there wasn’t anything resembling riots.

Why?

Supposedly Black America is outraged, people are looking for revenge and blood and given the frenzy whipped up by the media where are these riots as we saw in LA 20 years ago?

There are several explanations/differences:  The Zimmerman case involved an individual rather than authorities, there was an actual video in LA case, The Zimmerman trial was televised from start to finish so the public saw the trial and the weakness of the evidence to convict, many were appealing for calm, the police were ready for such events and finally riots might reflect poorly on this administration which is an ally of those warning of violence.

All of these are valid reasons and surely played a role in the lack of trouble this weekend but there is one other card in the deck that a lot of people are not willing to talk about:  Guns.

Over the last 20 years gun laws, particularly in the south have loosened, including concealed carry laws. While the media has not been big on reporting it, there have been regular stories of ordinary citizens using their personal firearms to repel criminals meaning them harm.

Ironically thanks to the debate earlier in the year on the subject even the lowest of low information voters are aware and/or believe that the average citizen, particularly in states like Florida are very likely armed and if the media meme is to be believed, just DYING to shoot people.

And unlike police whose primary goal it to contain such events, individual citizens, particularly in “Stand your Ground” states are not under an obligation to refrain from deadly force if threatened.

There is a big difference between popping off on twitter from the safety your home, and actually putting yourself on the line, and it’s simply amazing how much less attractive the prospect of violence for recreation or revenge becomes for those who would commit it when the targets of said violence can shoot back.

Now it’s possible I’m all wet, that the fear of an armed populace backed up by laws protecting self-defense had nothing to do with it and in the end.  For society the lack of riots and violence after the verdict is what matters.

But as Barack Obama tires to use the Zimmerman Acquittal to disarm American again I submit and suggest people look at what happened or  rather what didn’t happen this weekend and think long and hard before they willingly give up their arms.

Update: I meant single parent families not single family parents, must be a tad dyslexic.

Why am I not surprised by this story:

Police searched the Northern Virginia home of libertarian activist Adam Kokesh Tuesday evening and took him into custody, according to a news release posted on Kokesh’s Web site.

Kokesh you might remember, is the activist who had planned and then cancelled the open carry March for DC in protest of the gun laws. While the big march was cancelled he shot the following video:

That video resulted in a search warrant and his arrest

Kokesh, a former Marine, was being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, charged with possession of schedule I and II drugs while in possession of a firearm, said Lt. Steve Elbert, a spokesman for the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office.

I find the charge interesting, not a charge for the drugs themselves, suggesting his possession of them did not violate the law nor a charge on the gun but on the combination.

Whatever you think of Adam Kokesh and frankly I don’t think much of him this was a classic act of non-violent civil disobedience, openly done in specific defiance of a law he objects to.

Perhaps if he had openly violated the law on Meet the Press like David Gregory the police would have acted differently

I submit and suggest that the drug/gun combo charge was levied in order to be able to claim a difference between the two cases.

A function of civil disobedience is to provoke a reaction and/or arrested so in that respect I don’t think Kokesh has any business complaining but there are few things less healthy for a republic than laws enforced selectively.

Update: Apparently even when you try to obey gun laws things don’t work out.   Jeremy Preston must have foolishly believed he was as good as David Gregory too.

Update 2: If you are wondering why I don’t care much for Kokesh Stacy McCain explains it.