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Paul The Pooh and The Blustery Day

This came across my email a couple of days ago.

The point is, does it have some teeth, or it is just BLUSTER?

(from Gun Owners of America, in part)


Don’t Let Ryan Get Away with Any 2A Infringements!

Dear Guffaw,

This is becoming painful to watch.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is now asking — begging, really — the Trump administration to unilaterally impose gun control restrictions.

And there is virtually no conceivable way that these restrictions will fall short of eventually regulating or banning your detachable magazines.

“We think the regulatory fix is the smartest, quickest fix,” Ryan said.

What was he talking about?

The Hill explains:

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Wednesday the Trump administration should move quickly to ban a device used in the Las Vegas mass shooting that allows semi-automatic weapons to fire more rapidly.

So Speaker Ryan is urging the ATF to ban bump stocks — even while he has indefinitely pushed back the pro-gun agenda.

But there are two major problems with this.

First, there is no way that Congress — or the administration — will be able to ban or regulate bump stocks without also opening the door to prohibitions on other parts, accessories and magazines.

This is because all of the legislative proposals currently on the table would ban ANY item or device that helps “accelerate the rate of fire” of a semi-automatic firearm.

Using that standard, you can kiss your detachable magazines goodbye!

But the other problem is this:  The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution prevents the federal government from imposing ANY infringements upon our gun rights.

If the Trump administration starts supporting infringements — even if they are so-called minor ones — it will weaken their ability and resolve to oppose the next set of infringements that come down the pike.


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Take Action and Put the Heat on Congress!

Please contact Your Representative and communicate the following:

1. Uphold your oath of office.  Do not support ANY infringements upon the Second Amendment — including those that would jeopardize detachable magazines.

2. Tell Speaker Paul Ryan to STOP compromising.  If legislators want to follow Ryan off a political cliff, they will truly regret it when voters “remember in November.”

We need to let Ryan know that millions of gun owners oppose his compromises, which will endanger our ability to own detachable magazines.

Plus, he needs to know that there will be SERIOUS ramifications at the polls if he and other Republicans do not stand up for our Second Amendment rights.

We are in a political war to preserve our gun rights.

I want to thank you for your help in putting the heat on your legislators.

So please take action, and urge your family and friends to do so, as well.

My apologies – having some issues here at home, I’ve not been as diligent as I have in the past regarding the fall-De-rall as I usually am regarding the silliness on the Hill.

And while I do support and respect Gun Owners of America, sometimes they get over excited in the name of financial support (learning from the NRA?)

So, what do you guys thing?  Bluster or real danger?

 

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Justice Kennedy On Hot Seat In Major Voting Rights Case

(from Constitutionally)

Supreme Court justices clashed on Tuesday over whether courts should curb the long-standing U.S. political practice of drawing electoral maps to entrench one party in power, with conservative Anthony Kennedy likely to cast the deciding vote.

The nine justices heard an hour of arguments in the major voting rights case out of Wisconsin involving the practice known as partisan gerrymandering. Their ruling, due by June, could have an impact on U.S. elections for decades by setting standards for when electoral districts are laid out with such extreme partisan aims that they deprive voters of their constitutional rights.

Kennedy, who sometimes sides with the court’s liberal justices in big rulings, did not definitively tip his hand on how he would rule but posed tough questions to Wisconsin’s lawyers that signaled his aversion to electoral districts drawn to give one party a lopsided advantage in elections.

Liberal justices voiced sympathy for the Democratic voters who challenged the Republican-drawn legislative map in Wisconsin as a violation of their constitutional rights. Conservative justices expressed doubt about whether courts should intervene in such highly political disputes, and questioned the challengers’ legal standing to bring the case. The court has a 5-4 conservative majority.

Gerrymandering, a practice that began two centuries ago, involves manipulating boundaries of legislative districts to benefit one party and diminish another.

Hugh Hefner, RIP

Perhaps I should have posted this yesterday.

(Perhaps not)

Like him or not, the man opened the door to The Sexual Revolution (at least as defined by him) and things continued the same.

Sadly, he supported many rights, but ignored The Second Amendment as a primary Freedom.

Libertine, YES, Libertarian, no.

And, he certainly didn’t support the Woman’s Movement, as least as defined by Steinem and other leftists.

He did spend much of his LIFE in bedwear and robes.

Perhaps there IS a message there.  He did pass at 91.

Thank you Hef, for the wonderful jokes, cartoons, The Playboy Advisor, and, or course, the airbrushed nudes (including Marilyn!).

Gahan Wilson was a genius!

RIP, Mr. Hefner!

UN Gun Ban Is Far From Dead

 

 

 

 

Dear Guffaw,

My jaw hit the floor when I heard the news.

Coming directly from the U.N.’s own website, I was furious to find out that the second largest direct funder of their global gun ban is American taxpayers like you and me.

Figures going back to the Obama administration show hundreds of thousands of dollars coming from our own government towards promoting the U.N.’s “Small Arms Treaty.”

And sadly, those funds haven’t slowed down since President Trump has taken office.

Could it just be oversight? Or could it be entrenched holdovers from the Obama administration willfully blocking President Trump from knowing this is going on?

Either way, it is unacceptable that we are continuing to fund this global gun ban.

If fully implemented in the United States, our Second Amendment would be put on life support, and it would take years to undo the damage.

That’s why I’m counting on you to support the National Association for Gun Rights’ “Defund the UN Gun Ban Ad Blitz.”

Their goal is to raise $125,000 by Thursday, September 28th.

With those funds, they are going to run an ad blitz designed to get the attention of President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Everything from mail and email, to state-of-the-art online programs designed to identify and mobilize Second Amendment supporters, will be utilized.

But a program like this will cost a lot of money, and that’s why I’m emailing you today.

I really don’t know what you can afford, but I’m hoping you help out my good friends at the National Association for Gun Rights by digging deep to help fund their vital program.

Perhaps once I explain why this is such an important cause, you’ll even consider giving $75.

You see, the anti-gun global elites are breathing a sigh of relief.

Even with their anti-gun cheerleader Hillary Clinton not in the presidency, they are able to keep their yearly check courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer — which they are using to work towards global implementation of the Treaty.

In fact, the anti-gun global elites just got back from a posh set of meetings in Geneva, Switzerland, where they schemed about ways to implement their anti-gun agenda world-wide.

They know that as long as U.S. money keeps flooding in and our signature stays intact they will have their way eventually.

And even if implementation isn’t possible under President Trump, they are fully prepared to wait for someone like (God forbid) Senator Elizabeth Warren to take over the White House.

In the meantime, they can get by on the hundreds of thousands in U.S. funds they will accumulate by then.

And one important way to slow them down is immediately cutting off our funds to the U.N.’s “Small Arms Treaty.”

Frankly, I think President Trump would be wise to cut off a lot, maybe even all, funding to the United Nations given its long history of anti-American activity . . . but that’s a subject for another day.

Today, I hope you will stand with me in at least cutting off U.S. funding for the U.N.’s global gun ban scheme.

So please click here and chip in to help the National Association for Gun Rights raise $125,000 for their Ad Blitz by this Thursday.

After reading through the details of the Treaty, it’s hard to see how our Second Amendment could survive such an assault.

Perhaps the worst of the Treaty’s provisions can be found in Article V, which mandates countries establish a “National Control List” — or a NATIONAL GUN REGISTRATION database!

You and I both know gun registration is just the first step toward outright CONFISCATION.

And the U.N. is already plotting their next step — developing new “International Small Arms Control Standards” (ISACS).

Their goal is to impose these radical anti-gun initiatives on every nation who signs the U.N. “Small Arms Treaty.” Introductory language already includes:

*** Mandated national “screening” for all persons seeking to own guns, giving bureaucrats the final say on whether or not you’re “competent” enough to own a gun;

*** Restrictive licensing for gun and ammo sales, and perhaps even bans on certain types of firearms. This could include anything from semi-auto rifles to shotguns to handguns!

*** Restrictions on the number of guns and amount of ammo any “properly-licensed” individual may legally own;

*** Bans on magazines holding more than ten rounds;

*** Bans on owning a firearm for self-defense — unless a citizen can somehow demonstrate need and get federal government approval.

And with U.S. funding continuing to support this treaty, the global anti-gun elites are convinced that the U.S. will come on board with full implementation.

As one anti-gun world leader stated:

“[W]e expect the U.S. to abide by the Treaty even if ratification will take some time.”

That’s why the immediate defunding of this treaty is so important, and why I asked you to make such a generous contribution.

So please click here and make a generous contribution of $75 to NAGR’s “Defund the U.N. Gun Ban Ad Blitz” right away!

But if $75 is just too much for you at this time, I understand. The only reason I am asking for so much is because I know first-hand, as a U.S. Senator, just how effective the National Association for Gun Rights is.

Every cent they receive goes directly towards protecting and restoring the Second Amendment in our great country.

So please consider digging deep, whether that be giving $75, $50, or $25 it will be much appreciated, and will make a huge difference.

Whatever you give, I would just like to thank you for your dedication to liberty, and the Second Amendment.

For Freedom,

Rand Paul
United Stated Senator (R-KY)

P.S. I was shocked and angered to find out that the United Nation’s “Small Arms Treaty” is largely funded by U.S. tax payers like you and me.

That’s more than every country in the world with the exception of Japan.

That’s why I’m hoping I can count on you to make a generous contribution of $75, $50, or $25 to NAGR’s “Defund the U.N. Gun Ban Ad Blitz” by their Thursday deadline.

Yeah, here we go again.
I don’t want the U.N. Gun Ban but I’ve no funds.
I figured I could at least at least put this out there as another last-ditch effort!
Come and get them!

 

Another Waste Of A Good Tuesday Morning

ANOTHER medical test…

Seems both my primary physician (and kidney physician) thought after years perfectly functioning kidneys, I should go in for an ultrasound.

So, this morning, I get to fill up on water, NOT evacuate my kidneys, and drive the 15 minutes to the clinic for an ultrasound.

WOO HOO!

THEN, wait until the procedure.

Great.  Nearsightedness.  A fused hip.   A serious automobile accident.  Diabetes.   Lymphoma.

Now Kidney Disease.

I haven’t yet been shot!

Maybe someone should shoot me now and avoid the rush?

I’m beginning to think I will look like this in short time:

NJ Court: State Can’t Criminalize Possession of “Pencils” and Other Lawful Objects for Home Self-defense

(from NRA-ILA)

NJ Court: State Can’t Criminalize Possession of “Pencils” and Other Lawful Objects for Home Self-defense

 

NJ Court: State Can’t Criminalize Possession of “Pencils” and Other Lawful Objects for Home Self-defense
It is refreshing to finally see some common sense coming out of a court in NJ, as the state is notoriously known for its illogical and Draconian gun laws that do little more than make felons out of law-abiding gun owners.

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The Large Magazine Debate: How Much is Too Much?

The debate on restricting the sale of gun magazines that hold more than ten cartridges has been going on since the first mass shooting. The fact that the magazines have been available to the public for many years prior brings the question of “Why worry about it now?”

Neither conservatives nor liberals can deny that the 2nd Amendment protects a citizen’s right to own firearms. The question is, “how much is too much?”

There’s no real answer due to the fact that limiting one aspect of the 2nd Amendment can cause other aspects to be limited as well.

Mass Shootings

Almost every mass shooter in history has used large magazines and semi-automatic weapons in their attacks on unsuspecting citizens. While many claim that reducing the number of rounds they can fire in a second or two would save lives, others can also claim that if teachers were allowed to be armed it wouldn’t matter how many rounds the shooters had available.

Is the Size of the Magazine Really That Important?

The main debate revolves limiting magazines that carry ten rounds or more. Legislators seem to miss the fact that it’s the person that pulls the trigger, not the weapon. If the person is intent on harming others, they will find a way to do it whether they have a ten round clip or a 100-round magazine.

The debate will continue to go on as long as there are people in society who have different points of view. The answer may be in the opposite direction, however. Instead of limiting the rights of the people who can use weapons effectively, let’s keep the weapons and their accessories out of the hands of those who misuse them.

~ Firearm Daily

While I don’t thing this was written by a knowledgeable firearm owner, it does make some points for conversation.

As for my .02, I strongly believe in the nose-under the tent,  If we allow magazine size, then it’s number of magazine carried, or total rounds carried.  Or weight of weapons.  Or permissible calibers…

This is not about GUN CONTROL.

It’s about CONTROL!

 

What State Law?

( from NRA-ILA)

 

This week (September 8), the city of Tucson, Arizona agreed to repeal their firearm destruction ordinance. This decision came in response to the recent state Supreme Court ruling that struck down the city’s firearm destruction policy as a violation of state law that prohibits local governments from regulating the ownership, licensing, or use of firearms.
The city of Tucson ignored this Arizona state law 12 years ago when the Tucson city council passed an ordinance allowing for the destruction of firearms. Last month, the state Supreme Court struck down the ordinance as violation of state law, and in its ruling specifically acknowledged the NRA’s amicus filing by adopting its argument “that preserving the right to bear arms under the federal and state constitutions is also a subject of state concern.”
“We applaud the Arizona Supreme Court’s ruling,” said Chris Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “Firearms should not be summarily destroyed by local governments.”
Chris Cox issued a statement thanking the Arizona Attorney General for his efforts in assisting Arizona’s law-abiding gun owners.
“On behalf of the NRA’s five-million members, I want to thank Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich for his defense of Arizona’s firearm preemption law,” concluded Cox. “This decision sets an important precedent to protect Arizonans’ firearms freedoms from future infringement by local ordinances.”

About time!

It’s That Day Again

September 11.  The Sixteenth anniversary of the attack on American soil by segmented tribal forces of the Islamic right.

Have we ‘won’?  Hell no!

Yes, we got Bin Laden.  But the attacks now continue, internationally.

Including home-grown terrorists, here.

What are the choices?  To give up and eventually be assimilated (or killed) by radical Islam?

Or continue to fight the good fight?

I choose the latter.  And I’m medically retired and 64.  But I still have some fight left in me.

Today, I will take a moment to remember the innocents who died in the Twin Towers (including those who worked for

TMCCC, my former employer, and all the first responders)

And just remember…

My Credit Onion Sent Me This!

CREDIT

(I must assume it applies to other financial institutions, as well!)

ACH PAYMENTS ARE CHANGING

Dear Guffaw,

Beginning September 15th, 2017, the Federal Reserve will start processing most ACH debits (also known as electronic payments) on the same day that the transactions are made. This means that some of your payments could come out of your account faster than they have in the past.

To avoid overdraft charges or insufficient fund fees, please ensure that your available account balance is enough to pay any debits or withdrawals at the time you write or authorize them.

3 TIPS TO BE PREPARED

1 Plan for immediate transactions: Whenever you pay for something, the best practice is to expect that your transactions will be processed the same day.

2 Know your balances: It makes good financial sense to make sure that your balances can support your spending. Keep on top of them with online banking or with the (Credit Onion) app for Apple or Android!

3 Be aware of different kinds of ACH debits: ACH debits can also be things like writing paper checks to grocery stores or using debit cards from retailers, such as Target or Nordstrom.

For those of you out there of limited means who ‘use the float’, as they said in check kiting days of yore!

(Not that I’ve ever done that!  😉  )

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…