Gun Owners of America
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“[Democrats] just spent all year trying to effectively destroy the gun lobby, so why in heaven’s name [should] we give them this Christmas present?” — GOA’s Michael Hammond on the plastic gun ban (ABC News, Dec. 3, 2013)
The U.S. House of Representatives did a very dangerous thing Tuesday — and, apparently, it did so with the consent of one gun organization.
By voice vote, the House slammed through a ten-year reauthorization of the poorly drafted 1988 plastic gun ban.
Lest anyone be confused about how the anti-gun Left views this, USA Today crowed, on the front page of Wednesday’s newspaper that the “HOUSE SAYS YES TO ONE GUN BILL — Plastic gun ban only firearm legislation to pass since November.”
Taken alone, this gives the Obama administration, if it chooses, another three years to use the 1988 law to ban large numbers of guns.
But there is an even bigger danger: Chuck Schumer held a press conference the same day to indicate that he will use the House-passed bill as a vehicle to pass even more gun control. We don’t expect to know Schumer’s bill number or language before he actually offers it, but it will purport to deal with guns from 3-D printers, while actually being much broader.
So here’s what we are doing: We are asking our friends in the Senate to put a “hold” on any effort by Schumer to amend the House bill.
The Senate will only be in session four or five days next week before the House goes out for the year, and Schumer may not be able to get time on the Senate floor without “unanimous consent” from all senators.
So, by doing this, we would force Schumer to give up on his vehicle for banning printer-guns if he wanted any reauthorization of the 1988 bill. If Schumer remains adamant, there will be no reauthorization at all. Even if he capitulates, we’ll see what happens.
It’s not a perfect outcome. But we think it’s an outcome we can probably achieve.
ACTION: Contact your Senators. Ask them to oppose any effort by Senator Chuck Schumer to add gun control to the H.R. 3626, the plastic gun ban reauthorization which passed in the House.
Please click on the link above and let your senators know where you stand on civil rights! Do it TODAY!
Monday could be too late.
(A PHONE CALL WOULDN’T HURT, EITHER! 202-224-3121) Guffaw
h/t Rev. Paul
All but a few states have formally adopted Common Core, the state-driven campaign to improve educational outcomes for K-12 students by meeting common academic benchmarks, particularly in math and English. But the program has faced criticism across the spectrum. The basic flaw of Common Core, according to education policy expert and Independent Institute Research Fellow Vicki Alger, is that its standards are “weak, costly, politicized, and unconstitutional.” In recent pieces in The Beacon, she has focused on two problems with Common Core: the political overtones of some of its reading recommendations, and the program’s threat to student and family privacy.
Common Core reading recommendations, Alger contends, include material that is pro-Obamacare and pro-union; an example of the latter was woven into the civics curriculum for third graders. But Common Core even politicizes math standards. Stanford mathematics professor James Milgram, who served as a member of the Common Core validation committee, complains that scholastic rigor was “compromised for the sake of political buy-in.” The academic content of Common Core is a major worry, but not the only cause for concern.
Alger notes that civil libertarians are increasingly anxious about Common Core’s threat to student and family privacy. Under a law called FERPA—the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act—private contractors, consultants, and other non-government personnel may become privy to data about a student’s family income, religion, student disciplinary records, and parents’ political affiliations. Last month, Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.) pressed U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to explain why, in at least one state, student Social Security numbers were given to a private data collection company. But “as interesting as any official response would be, there is still no legitimate, much less Constitutional, reason for the federal government to be spying on American citizens or their children,” Alger concludes.
I remember the seeds of this being planted in MY Fourth Grade (1961-62). Along with a universal dumbing down. Spelling words in my Eighth Grade were the same as in my THIRD! And my Fifth Grade teacher (of whom I was very fond) pooh-poohing The Second Amendment in our Bill of Rights studies.
As the bumper sticker states: If You Can Read This, Thank A Teacher. If you can support the proletariat’s battle over the bourgeoisie, thank a Common Core Teacher!
”I’m shocked, Shocked!”
h/t Brock Townsend, Free North Carolina, EAG News
N.Y.P.D. has begun sending out the following form letter to registered legal owners of (now illegal, under NY State law) firearms.
AND, there is a push in Congress for the passage of a ‘general warrants’ measure, to make it easier to search homes of legal gun owners to determine if there firearms are ‘stored safely’. (as they already do in Massachusetts!, unwarranted…)
These ‘general warrants’ were proposed by the N.S.A.(!), for the express purpose of (legitimizing actions already taken in) bulk (telephone) data collection. You know, to keep us ‘safe’.
WASHINGTON — THE framers of the Constitution declared that government officials had no power to seize the records of individual Americans without evidence of wrongdoing, and they embedded this principle in the Fourth Amendment. The bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records — so-called metadata — by the National Security Agency is, in our view, a clear case of a general warrant that violates the spirit of the framers’ intentions. This intrusive program was authorized under a secret legal process by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, so for years American citizens did not have the knowledge needed to challenge the infringement of their privacy rights. (NYT Opinion Pages, November 25, 3013)
…Each of these proposals represents real and meaningful reform, which we believe would have fulfilled the purpose of protecting our security and liberty. Each was rejected by the committee, in some cases by a single vote. (IBID) (emphasis Guffaw)
Nothing was mentioned about limiting governmental power of these proposed ‘safety’ measures to just wiretapping.
How many times in recorded history have governments given power back to the people, after having first usurped it? I’ll give you a hint – NONE, without benefit of revolution.
I could probably list about 75 ‘safety’ measures taken by the government ‘for our benefit’ since ‘Dan Cooper’ hijacked a plane for ransom on my birthday in 1971, beginning the steady erosion of THE RIGHTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL CITIZEN. But what would be the point?
I’m pretty certain most of my readers tend to agree with me on liberty issues, or they wouldn’t be my readers. So, I’m preaching to the choir, yet again.
Do YOU see a pattern here? I f’n DO!
h/t Random Nuclear Strikes
I’ve recounted here before how the JFK assassination changed the direction of my life. The short version is with a family history in law enforcement, and being a 6th Grader interested in being a cop at the time of the assassination, I was primed to evolve into an investigations career. I spent many years as a private investigator and researcher, and have made a lifetime study of this crime.
I was fortunate enough to visit Dealy Plaza on November 22, 1992 (the 29th Anniversary) and to meet and speak with Jean Hill (The Lady in Red) and Penn Jones, Jr. (Forgive My Grief), as well as to walk the crime scene and take photographs. Along with about 300 others that day.
My understanding is the City of Dallas is selling tickets (!) for the capacity crowd today. Crime scene as tourist trap (see Ford’s Theatre).
There are those who believe The Warren Report as gospel, that Oswald acted alone; and those who believe the FBI, Secret Service, CIA, Army Intelligence, anti-Castro Cubans, pro-Castro Cubans, the military industrial complex, Lyndon Johnson and the entire road cast of Cats are responsible. Or some amalgamation, thereof.
My best guess, based on the physical evidence, is there was more than one assassin. As to the puppetmasters, pick-a-card. Certainly there are many accessories-after-the-fact who participated in obfuscation to cover their own incompetence, at the very least. And perhaps elements of them were compartmentalized conspiratorial elements before the crime. We’ll probably never know.
Hell, they still question whether or not Napoleon was poisoned, and the official Secret Service account of Lincoln’s killing neglects to mention his co-conspirators. It’s neater that way.
Some things to ponder:
The United States is promoted to the rest of the World as a beacon of liberty and not a banana republic. At least it used to be. Between Fourth Amendment abusers (like the TSA, NSA et al)
sometimes I wonder. And we should be able to protect the Chief Executive, or minimally determine what happened to him if we were unable to do so.
Not doing so is contrary to what’s left of this Constitutional Republic.
h/t Jean Hill, Penn Jones, Jr., Harold Weisberg, House Select Committee on Assassinations, et al
(and Happy Birthday to Dave the
Genius Mechanic! And many more, my friend!)
Whipped Cream Difficulties reports ‘news’ (such as it is) from The People’s Republic of California.
So Robert “Ratso” Rizzo, former city manager of Bell, is going to prison. He’s expected to be sentenced to somewhere between 10 to 12 years (the actual sentencing is scheduled for March), and he’ll probably do about half that time.
Ratso also has to pay compensation to the city of Bell. As far as I can tell, there hasn’t been a final decision on the amount (I’m guessing that will be part of his sentencing) but it could be up to $3.2 million.
Where will that money come from? Rizzo sold his house at a loss, and it looks like the same thing is happening with his ranch.
Two places the money won’t come from: Rizzo’s retirement account, and his pension of $116,628 a year.
…city officials say they are legally prevented from going after the pension and the retirement account — which appear to be Rizzo’s main remaining assets — limiting how much the city can get back from him.
Are you f’in kidding me?
Of course, this is not unlike The
Honorable Convicted Felon Jesse Jackson, Jr., who will receive $8700 per month plus disability, while he serves his 2 1/2 years in prison!
Just an observation – you notice one doesn’t see such things in Arizona, or Utah, or other States where criminal felons are deprived of such things.
In liberal States, however…
Or at least monitoring you some more while you do…
The Silicon Graybeard shares with us a story of a (
Soviet Russian) immigrant makes ‘good’.
Or at least brings lessons from the High Presidium.
You know the story going around that gubmints want to put black boxes on cars, so they can tax by the mile? Turns out the guy behind that used to work for the Moscow Metro Corporation, and was a transportation planner in the former USSR. Imagine that.
Hasan Ikhrata, is now the Executive Director of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). A communist in California government? Now, that’s really easy to imagine.
(source - apparently a greenie web site) Why black boxes? Drivers are using more fuel efficient cars, and driving them fewer miles, so the gas tax isn’t raising the revenues it once did. Why not raise the gas taxes? I’d think raising taxes on gas would tend to cut consumption. Then, again, taxing driving would tend to limit that behavior. It sounds like they want to limit driving, but still keep drivers in conventional cars.
NAW, THAT would never happen!
We defeated the communists, didn’t we?
I’ve always loved Halloween.
From my own childhood as a pirate, or a hobo; a cowboy or a secret agent…it meant getting to be out of the house at night, after dark, extorting goodies from neighbors and even houses far away. Homemade popcorn balls, cookies and caramel apples sometimes weighed down the trick-or-treat bags of commercial candy though. (As if this were a problem!)
It was ‘safe’, in the 50s and 60s.
Then, not long after my Man-From-Uncle/James Bond excursion into the night air, I was too old. :-(
I didn’t go out trick-or-treating again for many years, when I accompanied my daughter Molly. I remember a number of years of fairy princesses followed by ballerinas – Molly had started taking dance lessons.
Guffaw’s Rule of Weather (in Phoenix) – It never really ‘cools off’ until Halloween. People have short memories from the previous years, and think when it reaches October it means cooler weather. Not necessarily so.
I remember one Halloween escorting young Molly door-to-door, resplendent in her costume, covered by my insulated Ike jacket. It was something like 45 degrees, breezy and humid. The drill was I was to wait on the sidewalk and remove the jacket while she raced all sparkley to the next front door, rang the bell, got candy, then raced back to the jacket I warmed up until her next house! Next house after next house… GEEZ, it was cold!
Then, she had gotten old enough she no longer wanted an escort, and good enough with her Mom’s sewing machine to make her own costume – Jean Grey from X-Men. Did her own makeup, too! She and her best friend had been making a killing buying, trading and selling X-Men comics at school.
My daughter – the 6th Grade capitalist entrepreneur!
She would have probably had another year before she was too old, but Jean Grey was to be her last.
You made a terrific Jean Grey - Happy Halloween, Molly!
Remember to hug those close to you and tell them you love them, because you never know.
Most of you know I don’t particularly care for sports. My father was SPORTS-A-HOLIC, and as such, when he wasn’t watching football, basketball, baseball, softball and hockey he was refereeing/umpiring football, basketball, baseball, softball and hockey (in his off time).
When I became disabled (initially@ age 12) sports were pretty much off the table. He did try to teach me tennis, however.
After the disability, I became effectively a sports orphan (You’ve heard of sports widows?)
So, the announcement the World Series began Wednesday night last was a big yawn for me. Fox News did a poll:
Q: The World Series begins Wednesday night. Who will win?
When I was a kid, the over-emphasized sports thing aside, Baseball -The National Pastime, had fans and followers, even among kids who didn’t really care. I liked a number of teams, and players. As my Dad refereed Cactus League games (Spring training camp games) there was access to famous players.
My Dad even got me an Ernie Banks autographed baseball ! (which I subsequently ruined, not understanding the history or meaning of such a souvenir.)
Hell, I was in grade school, what did I know?
When I saw the Fox News poll, it got me to wondering: With all the movies, video games, texting, computers, etc., is Baseball still the National Pastime?
Or is it just like so many other things from the mid-Twentieth Century? A ruined historical souvenir?
To keep everybody safe
Paul Joseph Watson
October 21, 2013
After illustrating their enthusiasm for repealing the Bill of Rights, a video shows Americans happily signing a petition to support a “Nazi-style Orwellian police state,” in what easily represents the most shocking footage of its kind to date.
Citing issues with how the government shutdown has impacted the ability of the police to “keep the community safe,” Dice tells San Diegans that there is a need to “increase the Orwellian system.”
“Not a problem,” responds one man as he signs the petition.
“We just want to model it after the Nazi Germany system to keep people safe and secure,” Dice tells another individual.
After signing the petition to “implement the Orwellian police state,” another man responds, “You find the pot of money though,” apparently more concerned about how much a Nazi-style police state would cost than its actual consequences.
“They’re trying to cut the budget by 20 per cent so we just want to make sure that we can model the police state after the Nazi Germany system,” Dice tells another couple who sign the petition, before adding, “Thanks for supporting the police state.”
“We’re going to model it after the Nazi Germany-style police state,” Dice clearly tells another man who signs the petition.
“We need this Orwellian-style system to keep everybody safe,” Dice tells a woman as she is signing the petition, to which she responds, “Yeah.”
Click here for all of Paul’s article. But bring along an airsick bag.
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety” – Benjamin Franklin
Whenever some nutbar does some heinous act – the recent Navy Yard murders come to mind – the initial reaction of most media is “Look at this evil man and what he’s done.” Even if there are mental illness factors in the mix.
Let the nutbar be female, and most media reaction is something along the line of, “Oh, she is (was) obviously mentally and emotionally deficient in some way and needs our help!”
Black woman who ran barricades in D.C. and had to be shot to be stopped. Sorry, we forgot, mentioning race is racist. The man who shot up the Navy Yard was Black, too. And, the Fort Hood murderer, and…
(Sorry – we should only mention race if the evildoer is White, then bigotry is the obvious motivator.)
And, don’t get me started on female sexual predators…
BTW – the ‘voyeur’ predator is female! I expect the poor thing to be considered a victim, somehow.